Although you may already know it, this week is Global Entrepreneurship Week. For the past three years, one week in November has been designated as Global Entrepreneurship Week throughout the world. This year GEW runs from November 14 – 20.
Global Entrepreneurship Week first started in 2008 and has grown to become the world’s largest celebration of innovators and entrepreneurs everywhere. Through thousands of different activities, gatherings and campaigns, people throughout the world join together with the common goal of changing the world for the better.
Events focus on inspiring and recognizing exceptional innovation and entrepreneurial spirit. GEW advocates innovation and progression and supports the unleashing of ideas and taking the necessary measures to ensure that great ideas are realized.
According to Kauffman Foundation, it is all about “spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world – doing good while doing well at the same time.”
Although it is aimed at everyone, there is most certainly some focus on the younger generations since they are the future leaders that will create a future for us all.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a movement supported not only by thousands of organizations worldwide, but by iconic individuals and world leaders. In fact, Barack Obama just recently gave a speech on the matter during which he proclaimed the month of November as “National Entrepreneurship Month.”
This year 123 countries including Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Gambia, Switzerland, the US and many many more have committed to participating in this multinational celebration. Over 100,000 events are scheduled to take place, and it is estimated that over 10 million individuals will take part in GEW related activities. The activities scheduled to take place range from huge competitions and happenings to smaller local events.
Not only are they meant to celebrate and promote entrepreneurship, but are a means through which people can network and possibly even find potential investors. I would encourage you to find the nearest event, or create your own!! You never know what you could run into or the magic that could be released from just the right encounter!
Two great sources with lots more information about what is going on this week and how you can participate include http://www.unleashingideas.com/ and http://www.unleashingideas.org/. Definitely go to visit either one of these sites. There are some inspirational stories, innovative ideas and a lot of great posts on both. You can even add your own event to the festivities if you want to!
You can also go to your social networking sites to find out more about GEW and the activities near you.
How do you feel that YOU have brought innovation to your work and community? What kinds of ideas do you have for activities that could promote the values of GEW? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on the matters at hand, and to learn from your past and present experiences. Either leave a comment by clicking the bubble icon on the upper right hand corner of this post or leave a comment below!
Stay tuned, because next week we’ll be going back to the components of your business website, and we’ll talk about some of the essential pieces you should not forget.
To channel the spirit that Global Entrepreneurship Week is based upon, go out and make it a great week and think about how you as an individual can make a change for the better in the world!
After all, that’s what we’re dedicated to – passionate service!