Like many events in 2020, GEW USA pivoted into unfamiliar territory with almost all GEW activities taking place virtually throughout the week. Eight months into the global pandemic, organizations were still figuring out how to execute events on new virtual platforms and how to avoid the dreaded “Zoom fatigue.” However, GEW proved how resilient entrepreneurs and ecosystem leaders are. We saw individuals and organizations get creative and pivot their GEW activities to virtual, engaging activities.
Historically, GEW has had largely in-person activities geared towards their own local ecosystem. In 2020, the virtual element of GEW allowed entrepreneurs to participate in activities nationwide and globally. We saw ecosystems collaborating on activities and learning about national resources they had not been previously aware of.
As communities are preparing for GEW 2021, November 8-14, many are considering continuing to host some virtual or hybrid activities that allow them to engage additional ecosystems and entrepreneurs. Anyone hosting a GEW activity has the option to host it in-person, virtually or hybrid. 2020 was a crash course in virtual engagement and programming for entrepreneur organizations and they are taking lessons learned and applying them to 2021 programming to create interactive and unique opportunities for GEW and beyond.
Learn more about GEW USA and the in-person and virtual activities you can attend.