This year on November 14 – 20, the world will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) during National Entrepreneurship Month. What is Global Entrepreneurship Week and what is the purpose of designating such a holiday?
“Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.” – GEW website
What You Should Know About Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week might say “global,” but the movement focuses on inspiring entrepreneurship at every level – local, national, and worldwide. There are thousands of events and activities scheduled during this week, from the hyper-local to large global competitions and events.
Entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, partners, and customers come together during this week long event to pay extra attention to entrepreneurship and what it means to our society on a global level.
Here are some stats about GEW that might interest you:
GEW (Global stats)
- Officially celebrated in 157+ countries
- Boasts more than 11,100 organizing partners
- More than 28,363 activities scheduled
- Attracts 8,285,533 participants and counting
GEW (USA stats)
- Officially celebrated in all 50 states and Puerto Rico
- Boasts more than 1,450 organizing partners
- More than 4,502 activities scheduled
- Attracts 769,837 participants and counting
How to participate in GEW
If you’d like to participate in this year’s GEW in a meaningful way, perhaps the best way to do so is to register your own GEW event. You can do this through the Global Entrepreneurship Network, or GEN (the folks behind GEW).
If you’d rather participate by attending an existing event in your area, you can search GEN’s database to find an event in your area. Here’s a map of GEW’s currently scheduled events in the United States (there are more being added each day).
GEW startup cities
There are currently 14 United States cities and territories designated as Global Entrepreneurship Week “Startup Cities.” These are hubs of activity for GEW and with each new city added to the list, more entrepreneurs receive support and encouragement for their startup journeys.
- Albequerque, NM
- Austin, TX
- Cleveland, OH
- Dallas, TX
- Durham/Chapel Hill, NC
- Kansas City, MO
- Little Rock, AK
- Louisville, KY
- Miami, FL
- Nashville, TN
- San Juan, Puerto Rico
- St. Louis, MO
- Tulsa, OK
- Washington D.C.
Who sponsors and partners with GEW?
In the interest of full disclosure, we’re including a list of GEW’s partners and sponsors below. With this type of support behind it, GEW is always a big success!
- Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
- General Assembly
- Enterprise Forum
- Startup Weekend
- Entrepreneurs’ Organization
- CoFounders Lab
- Collegiate Entrepreneurship Organization
- Youth Entrepreneurship Coalition
- Start It Up
- National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
- Junior Achievement
- Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers