Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 Starts in 123 Countries

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 Kicks Off in 123 Countries Engaging More Than 10 Million Current and Aspiring Entrepreneurs Worldwide. Across the U.S., 1,400 Organizations Prepare to Host 3,500 Events

In 123 countries around the world, millions of current and aspiring entrepreneurs helped launch the fourth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011, Nov. 14-20. More than 25,000 partner organizations will host 40,000 events in a week-long celebration that will drive awareness of and adoption for the world’s key economic driver, entrepreneurship.

“For one week each November, students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials come together to pursue one cause – to spread the power of entrepreneurship,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. “It’s during this time that we celebrate the innovators who bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.”

An initiative of the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship, GEW connects people through activities that create a platform to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem. There are no requirements to take part. Anyone, anywhere can participate in wide-ranging activities that include virtual and face-to-face events, competitions and intimate networking gatherings.

Support from Across the Globe
Global Entrepreneurship Week continues to inspire world leaders, large organizations and everyday individuals alike. Supporters include well-known entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, the Virgin Group; Michael Dell, Dell Inc.; Russell Simmons, Def Jam Records; Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes; and Steve Case, America Online (AOL). Dozens of global leaders also have backed the initiative, such as Barack Obama, president of the United States; David Cameron, UK prime minister; Anibal Cavaco Silva, president of Portugal; Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel; Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France; John Atta Mills, president of Ghana; Mohammed VI, King of Morocco; Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (UK); and Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State.

Organizations supporting GEW include NYSE Euronext, Dell Inc., Endeavor, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, JA Worldwide, Youth Business International, Center for International Private Enterprise, DECA, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Youth Employment Network, IFC/SME Toolkit, Business Council for International Understanding, Youth Enterprise and Sustainability, MIT Enterprise Forum, Kairos Society and Making Cents International.

Global Entrepreneurship Week
During one week each November, thousands of activities around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial action while connecting them to potential mentors, collaborators and investors. In three short years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 120 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 5,000 activities. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 25,000 partner organizations.

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SOURCE: Kauffman Foundation