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Global Entrepreneurship Week: What It Is and Why You Should Care

Published Nov 17, 2014 by Sarah Mote

U.S.SourceLink celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week
Today starts Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a worldwide and week-long celebration of entrepreneurship and the power it has to transform lives and local economies.

While our affiliates celebrate and support entrepreneurship all year long, the U.S.SourceLink doesn't shy away from this party. 

Across the U.S.SourceLink network, in Kansas City and the states and regions of KansasIowaArkansas, and southern Minnesota, GEW-inspired events will help aspiring and established entrepreneurs:

  • discover innovation
  • learn what it takes to start a business and secure a loan
  • predict future cash needs
  • find inspiration from other entrepreneurs
  • learn what government can do for their businesses
  • build stronger customer relationships
  • and much, much more

What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?

From Nov. 17 through Nov. 23, GEW will once again unite millions of innovators, job creators, business owners, world leaders, celebrity entrepreneurs and companies under the celebration of entrepreneurship.

With more than 40,000 events spread out over a seven day period in more than 150 countries, GEW offers individuals—entrepreneurs, small business owners and even ambitious high school students—a chance to unleash their ideas and discover their potential, risk-free.

So why is Global E-Week important?

Here’s the scoop on GEW, straight from Jonathan Ortmans.


Because entrepreneurship creates jobs—and many of the new jobs in entrepreneurial economies come from firms less than five years old. Leaders around the world see GEW as a way to stimulate and support entrepreneurship and the ecosystem it needs to thrive.

But Global E-Week is more than an awareness campaign.

Through local, national and global activities, GEW gives aspiring, emerging and existing entrepreneurs a chance to be creative and build connections, to start companies and spur economic growth.

GEW was originally launched in 2008 by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, former president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has spanned the globe, with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 10 million people.