Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 20, 2012
As the world readies for the London 2012 Summer Olympics, another global event is taking shape. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012, the world’s largest celebration of entrepreneurship, will be held Nov. 12 – 18 for the fifth consecutive year to encourage existing and aspiring entrepreneurs to unleash innovative ideas, using the marketplace to improve lives and make their mark.
From Albania to Zimbabwe, thousands of events, activities and competitions will help entrepreneurs reach the next level. Millions of participants will connect with potential collaborators and mentors. Hundreds of new startups will secure funding and spring to life.
“With each passing year, GEW has seen the building of a global culture of innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. “Such a culture is essential if we are going to help startups launch and scale.”
An initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, GEW connects people through activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters. National campaigns in 123 countries are in full swing as more than 24,000 partner organizations are expected to hold activities, events and competitions that help form and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystems that are responsible for job creation and economic growth.
Highlights for GEW 2012 include:
The plans for this year’s GEW were shaped by delegates at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress this past March in Liverpool, where the world’s most fervent supporters of entrepreneurship gather annually to collaborate on GEW. In 2012, Richard Branson inspired delegates with talk of starting his first venture at the age of 16 and how that led him to a string of Virgin Group companies that now totals more than 400. In addition, government officials and academics reviewed public policies and programs that their countries use to promote an environment more conducive to startups. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will host the next Congress, scheduled for March 18 – 21, 2013.
Organizations supporting GEW include Dell, NYSE Euronext Foundation, Endeavor, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, JA Worldwide, Youth Business International, Center for International Private Enterprise, DECA, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Youth Employment Network, MIT Enterprise Forum, Kairos Society, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, International Labour Organization, Startup Digest and YEC Global.
To view a complete list of participating countries and supporting organizations, or to learn more about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit http://www.unleashingideas.org.