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GEW is upon us

GEW is upon us

The Foundation is excited to be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The Association of Allan Gray Fellows developed a platform, Imbizo Junction where you can find the listing of all events taking place during that week, 14 – 20 November 2016.



During this week 165 countries will celebrate GEW with nearly 10 million people expected to participate in 35,000 events and competitions across the world. The local, national and global efforts connect entrepreneurs at all stages to potential collaborators, mentors and investors to aid them start and scale innovative new businesses.

Now in its ninth year, GEW is many multiples bigger in size since it was launched in 2008. The widespread effort unleashes an estimated $140 million through members and partners of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). For interest hereby the 2016 GEN Impact report.

Eight new countries have joined the GEW initiative this year thanks to the following national host organizations:

While every event is unique, several GEW themes will spotlight common topics and important focal points throughout the week, including: Startup Cities (Monday), Youth (Tuesday), Women (Wednesday), Investors (Thursday) and Scale-ups (Friday).

  • Investors: Provides an opportunity for early stage investors to build and strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems, helping to enhance connections with startup communities and policymakers alike
  • Women: Celebrates female entrepreneurs and others in the space while offering opportunities to expand their networks, identify resources and share knowledge with women around the world
  • Youth: Celebrates and shapes the next generation of entrepreneurs through activities and competitions to help them sharpen their skills and connect them to potential cofounders, mentors and even investors
  • Cities: Explores widespread efforts by policymakers and startup communities alike to support the development of local entrepreneurs, ensuring they have access to the connection and resources necessary to help them launch new startups that provide jobs and generate wealth.
  • Scale-ups: Explores what it takes for these high-potential businesses to thrive and what strong entrepreneurial ecosystems can do to help them to maximize their growth potential.

Other highlights for #GEW2016 include:

  • The Global Entrepreneurship Index, scheduled for release on the opening day of GEW (November 14), measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in each of 155 countries and ranks them from top to bottom.
  • The official opening of GEW is being held in Johannesburg, South Africa, to begin the road to the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress which will bring 5,000 entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and startup champions to the city next March.
  • Ten promising new startups will be named as finalists in the Startup Open – with the winner getting a free trip to Johannesburg, South Africa and a spot on stage at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2017.
  • Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, will take the stage at INCmty in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • The launch of Startup Huddle series of events to strengthen local startup ecosystems by connecting emerging entrepreneurs with other entrepreneurs, mentors and investors.

The official finale of GEW is being held in Cork, Ireland, at the Startup Nations Summit. The summit will unveil a new tool to help policymakers and advisors share and explore innovative policy approaches and public sector-driven programs that help entrepreneurs start and scale new high-impact companies around the world.

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