Frequently Asked Questions
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How did Global Entrepreneurship Week begin? Global Entrepreneurship Week is a combination and expansion of two successful initiatives, the debut of EntrepreneurshipWeek USA in 2007 and the inspiration behind it, Enterprise Week in the United Kingdom, which was kicked off in 2004 by now-Prime Minister Gordon Brown. During the past year, these two efforts—led by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the United States and Make Your Mark campaign in the UK—combined to reach tens of millions. Who can get involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week? Anybody. Anywhere. Anytime. Organizations can get involved in a variety of capacities— planning local activities as a Partner, promoting the initiative as a Global Associate, or coordinating the initiative for a participating country as a Lead Host. Young people interested in exploring their ideas and making them happen can do so face-to-face and online— with thousands of activities happening around the world and a social networking Web site to find new ideas at the intersection of cultures and disciplines. Existing entrepreneurs can mentor aspiring entrepreneurs and share their experience at local activities. How you get involved is up to you. Achieving an economy’s entrepreneurial potential requires every part of society to be mobilized. • Entrepreneurs must act as role models for young people by sharing their stories, mentoring and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs. • Governments must support the promotion of entrepreneurship amongst young people. • Education systems must equip young people with an enterprising spirit and global mindset—from an early age. • Businesses must offer opportunities for their employees to develop entrepreneurial abilities and work with educators to bring enterprise to life. • The media must be inspired and encouraged to celebrate entrepreneurship, and inform the public about the economic and social contribution of entrepreneurs. • Social media must provide platforms that break down barriers, such as language, and enable connections around the world.
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Why organize a Global Entrepreneurship Week activity? We need people and organizations to help create an environment that allows enterprising behavior to flourish. It is important that young people believe in themselves and strive to make their ideas happen, and they deserve encouragement and support. The drive to nurture enterprising behavior needs business, education, government, voluntary organizations and the media to work together—no single sector or organization working in isolation can create opportunities on this ambitious scale. Global Entrepreneurship Week is a great opportunity to showcase what thousands of organizations already do to help foster a culture that embraces innovation, imagination and creativity. What global activities are planned during the Week? Two signature activities of Global Entrepreneurship Week, designed to connect bright young minds across the globe, are: Unleash It! While there is no shortage of challenges facing the world today, countless ideas never come to the surface—leaving problems unsolved and opportunities missed—simply because no one stopped to consider them. Unleash It! uncovers these challenges— then links them to enterprising problem-solvers. Before we can unleash the ideas of the next generation of entrepreneurs on the challenges of today, we need your help in identifying those challenges—no matter how big or how small. Anyone can issue a challenge, e-mail your challenges to email@example.com. Speednetwork the Globe
Networking is a skill that serves everyone—whether they ever consider starting an entrepreneurial venture or not. Organize a speed networking session in your community and enable local young people to sharpen their networking skills— talking to each other, local entrepreneurs, potential investors, community leaders, or anyone else interested in learning from—and sharing with—others. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about what you can do to help network aspiring entrepreneurs.
What do you mean by being enterprising? We mean to have ideas and make them happen. Webster’s defines enterprising as marked by an independent, energetic spirit and by readiness to act. The package of skills we are seeking to encourage are: • • • • • • Opportunity recognition Creativity Problem solving Risk taking Resourcefulness Passion for ideas
How many countries are participating in the Week? More than 65 countries, to date. See complete list included in the folder. How can I learn more about the Week? Visit www.unleashingideas.org—or look for Global Entrepreneurship Week on Facebook (become a fan or join the group), LinkedIn, MySpace, Orkut or Xing.