How are you participating in Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Learn how to get involved in the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators.

How will your organization celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), November 17 - 23, 2014? Since 2007, GEW activities have taken place in 144 countries and all 50 states in the United States. More than 1,200 partner organizations in the United States held events last year with more than 713,000 participants nationally. This year, primary and secondary schools, universities, non-profits, government and businesses can all easily become partners during GEW. Here are just a few ideas partner organizations can implement to help connect, share and build a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem through inspiration and innovation during GEW.

  • Contests and competitions. Compensation is not a necessity of creating an entrepreneurial contest or competition, although it is desirable. The opportunity to be creative, challenged and recognized is often the only prizes needed to inspire innovation. Contests and competitions can come in many shapes, sizes and places. From the traditional business plan and idea pitch contests to theme-based contests (such as Create a Game Day, Solve a Social Issue or Making Money with Music), contests and competitions encourage participants to think outside the box to generate new products, services and solutions.
  • Meet the entrepreneurs. Provide opportunities for future entrepreneurs to interact with existing entrepreneurs and local business leaders. This can be done by organizing a luncheon, a panel discussion, a field trip to the place of business or even a classroom visit. Existing entrepreneurs can provide real life applications, share how they got started, their lessons learned, what resources and connections they recommend, as well as offer their insights into what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
  • Business gatherings. Organize a local business expo, innovation fair, inventor’s showcase or artisan market, which can provide opportunities to display their products and services to the general public. These will not only give new entrepreneurs opportunities to sell their work but also provide networking opportunities and instill a sense of community.
  • Workshops and seminars. Host or offer an educational seminar to help pre-start up, start up or growth businesses learn business skills. Topics can address newer trends such as a “greening” your business and crowdfunding, to entrepreneurial basics like developing a business plan. Workshops can be taught by local experts in the community: consider contacting successful entrepreneurs, financial institutions, business resource service providers, colleges and universities. In Michigan, you can easily find a local expert on entrepreneurship through Michigan State University Extension.

To register or find an upcoming GEW event, go to http://us.gew.co/activities. Together, we can spread the entrepreneurial spirit across our nation and the globe.

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