GEW UK takes home Country of the Year award from Moscow

Competing against campaigns and host organizations from more than 140 countries, GEW UK, hosted by Youth Business International, was named as the best national campaign for 2013.

With 633 partners and 3,240 activities last November during Global Entrepreneurship Week, GEW UK helped 347,000 participants take the next step in their entrepreneurial path. It also had a successful collection of startup events — including a Google Hangout with Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann and Richard Branson — and a wide-ranging partnership with Barclays that evenextended to the Premier League. In doing so, the campaign secured its first-ever Country of the Year Award.

“There were a number of exceptional and inspirational campaigns hard at work building their entrepreneurial ecosystems,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Week. “At the end of the day, the UK team stood out for the work it did in empowering and connecting current and aspiring entrepreneurs with resources to help them succeed.”

The 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week Awards were distributed as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Moscow. Held in the wonderfully ornate State Historical Museum, the event was attended by delegates that make up the more than 140 countries that drive GEW.