The world prepares to celebrate

Global Entrepreneurship Week is one of the largest celebrations of entrepreneurship around the world. As the countdown continues to #GEW2018, hosts are sharing their plans for the week, announcing speakers and partners, as well as finalizing events and activities. This week’s global update includes news from four different countries around the world.

Poland’s Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration will focus on the topics of promoting conscious development and positive business initiatives. The slogan for GEW Poland in 2018 is “We talk about tradition, we think about the future,” highlighting the work of silent heroes – the entrepreneurs. This November will mark the 11th year for GEW Poland, and GEW 2018 is led by STP Foundation.

GEW Poland aims to remember that it is important to combine patriotism with being entrepreneurial – companies and entrepreneurs are developing the economy, and that they are important ambassadors of Poland outside the country. The future will be the main topic of GEW discussions – with reflection on how Polish enterprises will change in the next decades and in what conidition the Polish economy will be in 100 years from now. Together with participants, the STP hopes to think about how to make Poland better in 2118.

St. Lucia
The St. Lucia Global Entrepreneurship Week is lead the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. For GEW 2018, St. Lucia will focus on GEW YOUTH, mobilizing more than 45 partners and individuals to organize the events and activities. Some of the many activities include Get in the Ring, RBC Royal Bank Entrepreneurs Forum, GEW Gospel Fest, SLUDTERA Start Up Huddle, DECA Idea Challenge, SALCC Exhibition and Chamber of Commerce Investment Roundtable.

South Africa
IBM South Africa and Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct announced the launch of a startup accelerator that will be held from October 8 to November 16, 2018. The startup accelerator is designed to allow the development of growth-stage technology and digital startups. It will be implemented through an intensive workshop over the period of six weeks. The bootcamp will culminate with a pitch competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week in November.

The Launchpad Tanzania, which is a personal and professional development hub in the country, is planning a week of events, workshops and competitions for Global Entrepreneurship Week. There will be a symposium to kick off the week, followed by a five-day incubator program. The symposium will feature a keynote address and subsequent panel discussions, providing an opportunity for aspiring and practicing entrepreneurs to discuss issues, explore the country’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and share successes and challenges many entrepreneurs face. The Launchpad will also host a mentorship and advising program called “Mentorship Café,” and the week will feature a pitch competition.