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U.S.SourceLink and Affiliates Celebrate GEW

Published Dec 14, 2014 by Sarah Mote


Now celebrated in 150 countries by millions of participants through more than 25,000 events, last month’s Global Entrepreneurship Week fuels a vibrant and vital network dedicated to helping entrepreneurs start and scale new businesses.

Seven U.S.SourceLink affiliates joined that worldwide celebration of ideas, entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses—using U.S.SourceLink’s GEW Starter Kit to showcase the events and resources available to entrepreneurs in their regions. From Startup Weekends to speed networking, GEWs across the country provided something for every flavor of entrepreneur.

Kansas City, KS and MO: KCSourceLink

Kansas City, home of the Kauffman Foundation, which founded GEW in 2008, held more than 80 events attended by more than 6,000 people. FitBark, founded in KC’s Sprint Accelerator, powered by TechStars, competed in Get in Ring: North American Startup Clash.

San Antonio: Café Commerce

One of our newest affiliates, Café Commerce hosted 1 Million Cups, an opportunity for startups to practice their pitch in front of a friendly audience of fellow entrepreneurs and community members. 

Iowa: IASourceLink

A lot of great events happened all across Iowa, and a few drew quite a crowd. The Cedar Valley was the place to be during the week, with the official launch of Cedar Valley 1 Million Cups on Wednesday and Startup Weekend Cedar Falls beginning on Friday night. Startup Weekend attracted more than 70 people, and participants saw the return of the Iowa Startup Bus. Read more here.

Loudoun County, Virginia: Loudoun SourceLink
Loudoun SourceLink used the U.S.SourceLink GEW Starter Kit to promote Global Entrepreneurship Week through blog posts and via their social media channels, helping entrepreneurs (and even wannapreneurs) know how to celebrate Global E-Week in their own backyard.  And they saw the impact: their overall traffic for the Loudoun SourceLink website was up 76 percent in November over October.

Kansas: NetWork Kansas
NetWork Kansas celebrated numerous entrepreneurial events and promoted the importance and impact of Global Entrepreneurship Week to their entrepreneurs with blog posts like “What It Is and Why You Should Care.”

Southern Minnesota: SOMN SourceLink
SoMNSourceLink worked with the Rochester Entrepreneurs Network to host a speed networking event. In this "round robin" style event, participants had a short period of time to intro themselves and share a bit about their business and goals.

Read the GEW 2014 global recap.

Celebrating Entrepreneurship All Year Long

Global Entrepreneurship Week may we over, but our affiliates are ready to help entrepreneurs and small businesses, from startup through succession, all year long.

Supporting entrepreneurs from the ground up, our affiliates connect business owners with local and national experts who can help with business plans and succession plans, with practical advice and regional insight.

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