Since this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week has a core aim of making ideas business realities, and this is a core goal of Startacus - The Self Start Society, we thought we'd better give you the heads up on this annual global event...
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote...yep you guessed it, entrepreneurship. Bear in mind it’s an annual happening - in fact we featured GEW last year too, when it had as its focus the key collaborative theme of 'pass it on'.
Hosted in the UK by Youth Business International, GEW is a global network of initiatives that help entrepreneurs to start their own business, and think entrepreneurially.
At time of press, there are more than 720 UK events in the diary for that week - 18th - 24th Nov for you to choose from. Fear not though, if you’re not based in the UK, since GEW is a global shindig, spanning 130 countries, there will hopefully be plenty of events to check out elsewhere.
We could at this point include lots of press release soundbites from both Youth Business International and Barclays Business, the UK sponsors, but that's not how we roll. Indeed there are a lot of similarities between this and Social Media Week, in that it’s a dedicated week on a dedicated subject - this time to encourage current and wannabe self starters (entrepreneurs) to move forward with their business ideas plans, starting a business or just learning more about enterprise.
The good news from our point of view is it doesn't appear to just be a talking shop, there'll be lots of activities, events and workshops that help take that big or small idea a little more forward, or just encourage participants to think with a more entrepreneurial mindset.
The only little gripe that we have is that as the UK week has a core focus on 'Youth' one might argue we are again missing out on that important demographic of 'everyone else'. Indeed, ideas aren't age related, and anyone, be they 18 or 85 can start a business - Granny's Canes proves that very point!
That aside however the intention is...well intentioned, and with 130 countries and an estimated 7.5 million people globally taking part there might not be a better time to take the initiative with your entrepreneurial energy be you young, old, or well, mid-range age (whatever that might be)!
Global Entrepreneurship Week takes 2013 takes place between 18 - 24 November and you can check out all the GEW UK events here and also what's happening globally here: GEW 2013
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