Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW/USA inspires Americans from all walks of life through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
Millions who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Dell and Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes. Thousands of brand new startups spring to life through bootcamps like Startup Weekend and competitions like Startup Open. Hundreds of universities strengthen connections that help them commercialize research from their labs. Researchers and policymakers engage in discussions around the world to examine the underlying policies necessary to promote entrepreneurial growth. And serial entrepreneurs share their expertise through activities like EO24, run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and practical training courses like FastTrac.
The global initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by the Kansas City-based Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 131 countries who look to the startup scene in the U.S. for inspiration. Global Entrepreneurship Week / USA helps map the entrepreneurial ecosystem in cities and states throughout the nation and enjoys the participation and support of thought leaders and elected officials across the spectrum at the local, state and federal levels.
GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.
131 Countries officially participating in GEW 2012
50 US states with activities during GEW 2012
1,256 US partner organizations active during GEW 2012
3,469 Number of US activities during GEW 2012
966,203 Number of US participants in GEW 2012