Entrepreneurs are a vital part of many countries’ economic strategy. One idea from an innovative business person could launch a multi-million dollar company or generate a smaller business that becomes a fixture in the community and creates jobs for local residents. No matter the size or the scope of their businesses, entrepreneurs make a significant contribution to the overall wellbeing of a country’s growth plan and for one week each November, the world acknowledges their role.
Global Entrepreneurship Week, launched in 2008, is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators. These are individuals and groups who launch startups, bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand the human condition.
Global Entrepreneurship Week inspires and supports people to explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Activities range from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, designed to connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. Such events are hosted on a local, regional, national, and international level.
Global Entrepreneurship Week also helps to “map the entrepreneurial ecosystem in 115 countries – with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.” www.gew.org
As an entrepreneur who contributes to the economic growth and success of your global community, take a few minutes and look into the events that may be taking place near you and encourage your colleagues to join in the celebration.
On Wednesday, November 16, I will be the opening speaker at an event that recognizes the importance of entrepreneurs in my region. There are several speakers on the program as well as an opportunity to network with other business owners. Taking time to reflect on what it takes to be an entrepreneur is very valuable to the sustainability of our enterprises. I look forward to sharing my thoughts on The Three Cs of Business.
For more detailed information on Global Entrepreneurship, visit www.gew.org