2009 Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week For one week, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a civil-society initiative to promote the entrepreneurial aspirations of young people everywhere. This year it runs from 16–22 November 2009. During this week, partner organizations conduct a range of activities designed to inspire, connect, mentor and engage young people, to help them acquire the knowledge, skills, networks and values needed to grow innovative and sustainable enterprises.

Like many great movements, Global Entrepreneurship Week started with an idea. The notion to inspire innovation in youth began with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

The Week quickly grew into a worldwide movement to unleash the ideas of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. In 2008, its inaugural year, the Week involved more than 3 million participants, 100 countries, 25,000 activities, and 8,800 partners.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week seeks to:

1. Inspire– Introduce entrepreneurship to young people under the age of 30 who otherwise might not have considered it as a career path.

2. Connect– Network young people across national boundaries to discover new ideas at the intersection of cultures and disciplines.

3. Mentor-Enlist active and inspirational entrepreneurs around the world to coach and mentor the next generation of enterprise talent as they pursue their dreams.

4. Engage– Demonstrate to opinion leaders and policymakers  how entrepreneurship is central to a nation’s economic health and culture, and we give nations the opportunity to learn about each other’s entrepreneurial policies and practices.

No matter where you fall on the entrepreneurial spectrum—from celebrity entrepreneur to curious student—this week is for you.The week is more than an information exchange. It’s an inspiration exchange! Get involved today at www.unleashingideas.org.

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