Global Entrepreneurship Week, 2019

Summary of Study

Bottom Line: Global Entrepreneurship Week -- Nov. 18 to 24th, 2019 -- marks 12 years of helping millions of people unleash their ideas to start and scale new businesses. Nearly 10 million people in 170 countries celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week through thousands of events, activities, and competitions. Participating organizations include colleges and universities, entrepreneurial support organizations, government agencies, economic development groups and more. These help anyone, anywhere start and scale a business. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week began in 2008 with an emphasis on inspiring young people to make their mark and has quickly grown to become a comprehensive effort that engages entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, support organizations and others collaborating to advance economic growth and innovation in more than 170 countries around the world.

Roughly 35,000 events and competitions will take place during Global Entrepreneurship Week – connecting more than 9 million participants to potential collaborators, mentors and investors. Dozens of world leaders on every continent and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations support the initiative every year. 

Global Entrepreneurship Week:

  • Strengthens connections with local entrepreneurs, potential investors and community leaders.
  • Offers a wide range of events and allows participates to take advantage of experiential learning opportunities.
  • Amplifies awareness of entrepreneurship in communities, as well as organizations' roles in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
  • Builds and fosters new relationships with global partners to open doors to an international audience, connecting local areas to the global community.

From large-scale startup competitions and workshops to small, community discussions, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a simple way to reach beyond immediate networks and connect with potential new partners, funders, and members.

Colleges and universities are natural incubators of entrepreneurial ecosystems – educating future entrepreneurs and advancing innovations into the marketplace. Today, a significant number of colleges and universities around the world offer at least one course in entrepreneurship. Meanwhile, university-based research is responsible for some of the world’s most profound discoveries, spurring breakthrough products and technologies that have improved the way we live. Global Entrepreneurship Week offers universities the option of serving as the hub for activities across their communities – tying together entrepreneurial support organizations, from informal networks and communities to business organizations and local government entities.

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