Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week in 140 countries. Since 2008 GEW it has brought together entrepreneurs, world leaders, educationalists and businesses of every kind to celebrate and promote entrepreneurship. In London, GEW UK hosted by YBI was launched by Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable. Dr Cable said that 10% of Brits now describe themselves as entrepreneurs and 2013 will see a record 523,000 new startups in the UK.
YBI chief Andrew Devenport announced that ‘GEW UK has 3,000 events planned with an expected 300,000 people taking part across the country. This year we are encouraging current and aspiring entrepreneurs to take a step forward in their plans – whether that’s starting a business, seizing a new opportunity or finding out more about careers in enterprise’. This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week will also be celebrating 10 years of enterprise history in the UK. The first Enterprise Week – now Global Entrepreneurship Week – was held in 2003, so 2013 will be its tenth anniversary.
Elsewhere from Australia to Zambia meetups, challenges, competitions, brainstorms and workshops are causing GEW to trend on Twitter as the Week gets underway. Recently added host organizations in Moldova, Greenland and Somalia will be running their first national GEW campaigns. They will be joining other newcomers in Cyprus, Czech Republic, Guyana, Iran, Jamaica, Kosovo, Libya, Mali, Moldova, Montenegro, Palestine, Philippines, Senegal, Myanmar, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Vietnam. Welcome!