CELEBRATE | May 1, 2020

Leaders of Conductor Named State Organizers for GEW 2020 in Arkansas

Grace Rains (left) + Tiffany Henry (right)
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CONWAY, ARKANSAS -- Global Entrepreneurship Network announced a collection of individuals to serve as the lead organizers in 18 states to drive engagement in thousands of activities this November to help start and grow startups around the world. Known as Global Entrepreneurship Week, the large-scale campaign is active in 170 countries with roughly 9 million participants in 35,000 activities – ranging from small, casual meetups to massive events and competitions.

Conductor’s Grace Rains, Director of Operations, and Tiffany Henry, Rural Director, will serve as the GEW State Organizers for Arkansas.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week amplifies our resources and gives us a global voice as we celebrate entrepreneurs, small businesses and innovation," said Rains. “GEN has given us a fantastic opportunity and we can’t wait to collaborate and connect with organizations across Arkansas as we celebrate GEW this year."

Rains and Henry have already begun recruiting statewide Community Organizers to host events during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

“The State Organizer role emphasizes the Conductor’s regional approach to ecosystem building," said Henry. “As the Conductor’s Rural Growth Initiative spans regionally to connect with communities, we will extend those efforts by collaborating across the state for Global Entrepreneurship Week."

The state organizers tapped by GEN will encourage hundreds of organizations throughout their state to plan and conduct activities during GEW USA. They will also play a role in connecting those organizations and other key stakeholders to expand awareness and enable the participation of communities not traditionally engaged in entrepreneurial activity.

"Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week amplifies the great work being done to support entrepreneurs across the country while connecting them to more opportunities to start and scale in their own communities,” said Ellen Bateman, director for U.S. ecosystems at the Global Entrepreneurship Network. “Conductor has been a strong supporter during previous GEW campaigns, and GEN is excited to have them coordinate the initiative state-wide."

The four global themes of GEW 2020 will focus on Ecosystems, Education, Inclusion and Policy. Event organizers are encouraged to consider these themes but have the flexibility to plan their activity as best they see fit to suit their individual communities needs and interests.

Organizations in Arkansas and anywhere in the United States that are interested in planning and conducting an activity, event or competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week should create a profile and add their event to the official list at gewusa.co.

Any individuals or organizations interested in getting involved in any capacity can connect with Rains and Harvey by visiting arconductor.org/gew.


About the Conductor

The Conductor, a public-private partnership with the University of Central Arkansas and Startup Junkie, drives innovation, entrepreneurship and economic empowerment in central Arkansas through high-impact programming, one-on-one consulting, commercialization support, talent development, collaboration, maker training and rapid prototyping in UCA’s Makerspace, powered by the Conductor, which is free-of-charge to students and the community.

Media Contact: Grace Rains, 501-472-3016 or Grace@ARConductor.org

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