Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life to drive economic growth and expand well-being. The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 160 countries—with nearly 20,000 partner organizations planning more than 35,000 activities that directly engage more than 10 million people.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
The GEW 2016 focuses on five major themes: namely, Investors, Youth, Women, Cities and Scale-Ups. This year, Samriddhi Foundation, an independent economic policy think tank that works to facilitate discourses on pragmatic market based solutions for a free and prosperous Nepal, will be marking GEW 2016 in three particular themes from the five: Investors, Youths and Cities.
GEW Youth celebrates and shapes the next generation of entrepreneurs through activities and competitions to help them sharpen their skills and connect them to potential cofounders, mentors and even investors. The aim is to highlight powerful voices and ambassadors that promote the increase of young entrepreneurs; events, activities and competitions targeted toward youth in entrepreneurship.
GEW Investors provides an opportunity for early stage investors to build and strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems – helping to enhance connections with startup communities and policymakers alike. Again, the aim is to outline powerful voices and ambassadors that increase awareness of the importance of investors in startup ecosystem dynamics; events, activities and competitions that engage investors.
GEW Cities explores widespread efforts by policymakers and startup communities alike to support the development of local entrepreneurs, ensuring they have access to the connection and resources necessary to help them launch new startups that provide jobs, generate wealth and disrupt local industries.
This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 is kickstarting from November 14 to November 20, 2016.