Ready for Global Entrepreneurship Week? Get Inspired with the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
by Caron_Beesley, Community Moderator
- Created: November 4, 2010, 4:33 am
- Updated: March 28, 2013, 3:58 pm
Did you know that all the net new jobs in the U.S. over the past 25 years came from firms less than five years old? (source*).
This calls for a celebration! And tha;s exactly what Global Entrepreneurship Week* (GEW) is all about - a celebration of entrepreneurship- on a global scale.
But i-s not just one big party. From November 15-21, millions of people around the globe will participate in thousands of events and competitions to celebrate innovation, foster entrepreneurship, and generate new ideas! Many of these events will take place on university campuses, schools, and online and will specifically focus on developing young peopl's knowledge, skills and the networks they need to inspire them to grow sustainable enterprises.
GEW was founded in 2008 by the Kauffman Foundation* and Enterprise UK*, and last year alone spurred more than 58,000 events worldwide. As Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, explains:'Through GE's growing global network, we are demonstrating how entrepreneurship can improve lives, build economies and expand human welfare'
How Can you get Involved?
In the U.S., a number of local and national events* are taking place all week long.
Anyone can get involved in GEW. Nothing is prescriptive, from planning events, sharing your entrepreneurial expertise, or joining online and offline events and competitions that promote innovation and entrepreneurship among young people. From students in Virginia competing in the'Will this Float' business idea competition, to workshops hosted by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center on How to Start a New Business* - the scope is limitless. (Tennessee incidentally is currently top of the U.S. event leader board with 24 events planned across the state during GEW).
More than Just One Week' Entrepreneurial Resources and Training is Available Year Round
Yes, there are thousands of partner organizations around the world promoting entrepreneurship through their events during a single week in November, but i's not like those organizations sit around the rest of the year doing nothing. Many organizations in the U.S are committed to supporting entrepreneurs and youth entrepreneurship.
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has instituted several programs and offers resources in support of youth entrepreneurship. The SBA's Teen Business Link Web site and Small Business Training Network (SBTN) offer young people great tools, resources and information to help them along the way. You can also follow SBA on Twitter* and Facebook*.
Other organizations such as Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), Junior Leadership, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship specialize in helping students and young people from K-12 and disadvantaged backgrounds prepare for a future as an entrepreneur or business leader. Read more about these in this earlier article: Preparing for Entrepreneurship - 3 Educational Programs that Help Teens Get into Business.
Local Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs), SCORE and other business support groups also provide training, guidance and mentoring for budding entrepreneurs of all ages. You can find more about these here.
In terms of Web resources, Business.gov's Start-Ups and High Growth Businesses Guide includes resources that can help entrepreneurs start, run, and grow their businesses, and also includes tips on how to secure financing.
Stay in Touch with about Global Entrepreneurship Week
- GEW's Global Web Site - http://www.unleashingideas.org/register*
- GEW's US Web site - http://www.gewusa.org/*
- Social Media: Follow GEW on Twitter*, Facebook* and LinkedIn*.
*Note: Hyperlink directs reader to non-government Web site.
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