GEW Poland Wins Country of the Year

Global Entrepreneurship Week Poland was recognized last week for their 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign when they won “Country of the Year” during the GEW Awards.

“The host organizations that guide Global Entrepreneurship Week in more than 150 countries are at the forefront of efforts to reach new audiences and build the connections necessary to support entrepreneurial growth,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of Global Entrepreneurship Network. “Each one of them is instrumental in helping millions of people around the world unleash their ideas and unlock their potential.”

Since their inception in 2009, the GEW Awards have been an opportunity to recognize the incredible work that Global Entrepreneurship Week’s host organizations in more than 150 countries around the world do each November. This year’s awards were distributed March 18, 2015 at the Italian Stock Exchange as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Milan.

The Country of the Year Award is given each year to the country host who runs the best overall Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign. Through a combination of events and a video-driven social media campaign, GEW Poland sought to spread entrepreneurship throughout the country.

The campaign’s motto for 2014 was ‘Entrepreneurship has many faces’. They wanted to convey to people in Poland that not only is there value in being entrepreneurial, but anyone can be an entrepreneur.

GEW Poland also took home the Champion Catalyzer Award for Most Partners. Their campaign had 2,523 partners this year, up from 2,206 partners last year.

“The key to the success of our GEW campaign, as well as a key factor in build a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem, is cooperation,” said Justyna Politańska, CEO of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Foundation in Poland. “We as a foundation try to find leaders and people with passion in the community to collaborate with to best engage people on a local level. We also have a fantastic support from partners like Junior Achievement who runs a great project, which connects schools and entrepreneurs.”

GEW Algeria, run by host organization PNB-NAPEO took home the Compass Award, a prize that recognizes the host that best exemplifies and advances the Global Entrepreneurship Week brand throughout the year. GEW Algeria’s campaign is inclusive and enables all players in the national ecosystem to meet, exchange ideas and collaborate. Since it was established in 2011, its campaign has grown from 20 events organized by 10 partners in 5 provinces to over 2,200 events organized by 467 partners in 48 provinces.

The country hosts voted and selected GEW Greece, run by cohosts Industry Disruptors and OSYNE, as the winner of the Hosts’ Choice Award. Greece’s Disrupt Startup ScaleUP event last fall was an anchor event of Global Entrepreneurship Week, during which Ortmans officially launched the Week.

For the second year in a row, GEW Germany run by host organization the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy took home the Research + Policy Award. GEW Germany’s policy efforts in the past months include combining all relevant entrepreneurship/startup statistics in Germany into one database, researching certain Germany specific influential factors such as government influence on entrepreneurship ecosystems, and publishing a book on the German Entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The Rookie of the Year Award, recognizing the country host that ran the best new campaign, was awarded to GEW Nepal, run by host organization Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation. They ran a cohesive campaign this year that engaged numerous ministers and parliamentarians.

A new award, the Buzz Builder Award was awarded to GEW Ireland, run by host organization Think Ireland. It recognized the host that best embraced new and traditional media to grow their Global Entrepreneurship Week campaign. GEW Ireland spearheaded the creation of “GEW Magazine” last year, in collaboration with the Financial Times. Over 30 countries participated in the magazine whichwas the largest circulated publication focused on entrepreneurship with 1.3 million copies circulated.

Other awards that were distributed during the GEW Award Ceremony included the Champion Catalyzer Award for Most Events which was awarded to GEW Brazil, run by host organization Endeavor Brazil, as well as the Champion Catalyzer Awards for Most Events per Capita and Most Partners per Capita, both awarded to GEW Bermuda run by host organization the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation.

The GEW Awards are also an opportunity for GEW partners to recognize the country hosts that run their competitions on a national level. Get in the Ring awarded the Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation Best GEW Host, the United Kingdom won the DECA Idea Challenge 2014 award for new country with the most team entries, Startup Malaysia won Outstanding Creative Business Cup National Partner, Future Agro Challenge recognized Morocco and Clean Tech Open Global Ideas Host of the Year went to France and Israel.