Global Entrepreneurship Week

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Welcome to the second last month of the year, November is here and we know what that means, its time for Global Entrepreneurial Week. Entrepreneurship is the key driver to poverty elevation and economic growth in any country and it is befitting that we celebrate it collectively as a globe. Most countries have created policies and laws which govern and support entrepreneurship and leadership now encourages people to be entrepreneurs in their communities and countries like South Africa have plenty of structures set up to support entrepreneurship with the President having introduced the new ministry in the presidency for SME’s.

If you have not heard of GEW then we are here to school you: Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

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.

imageMillions who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Dell and Muhammad Yunus. Thousands of brand new startups spring to life through bootcamps like Startup Weekend and competitions like Startup Open. Hundreds of universities strengthen connections that help them commercialize research from their labs. Researchers and policymakers engage in discussions around the world to examine the underlying policies necessary to promote entrepreneurial growth. And serial entrepreneurs share their expertise through activities like EO24, run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and practical training courses like FastTrac.

Meanwhile, world leaders and local elected officials alike have embraced the campaign as they look to fuel the economic engine of high-growth startups in their own countries and communities. During 2013 alone, 126 heads of state and ministers from 69 countries supported Global Entrepreneurship Week by speaking at activities during the Week, filming statements of support or otherwise endorsing the national campaigns in their countries.

GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.

Nunnovation is dedicating the month of November to publishing articles about initiatives you may be making within Africa to celebrate GEW so contact us on sayitloud@nunnovation.com. There is a current challenge running on social media called “make a R100” which challenges people to make a profit

In the past brands such as The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship, The Hookup Dinner, Endeavor South Africa have hosted events to celebrate this week and this year the president of Young Entrepreneurs South Africa (member of G20YEA), Innocentia Motau said they too are planning something so keep your eyes here for more info in the coming days. Here is to celebrating entrepreneurship driven by innovation as we work towards a stronger Africa.