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Latest Press Releases

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards Join Global Entrepreneurship Week 7 October 2009
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Documentary of Inspiring Teen Entrepreneurs to Receive Worldwide Screenings During Global Entrepreneurship Week
5 October 2009
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The First-Ever Global Cleantech Open Joins Global Entrepreneurship Week 22 September 2009
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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009 Celebrates the Vital Role Entrepreneurs Play in Innovation, Job Creation and Economic Recovery 19 August 2009
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East Meets West for Grand Final of Global Enterprise Challenge 6 March 2009
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Quotes and supporters

"Everywhere you look, more and more women are taking control of their futures and turning their ideas and dreams into real success stories. I am surrounded by friends who are the living proof of it! By celebrating the achievements of female entrepreneurs, I think Women’s Enterprise Day sends a positive message that no idea is out of reach; I hope this week will be the starting point for many successful enterprises run by women right across the world."

Beverley Knight

"Enterprise and entrepreneurship will drive our growth in the new global economy. I want this to be a country which fosters the entrepreneurial spirit wherever it is found, a country in which everyone who wants to has the chance to turn their ideas into reality, and a country which places enterprise at the heart of its businesses, communities and economy. Global ambition and global opportunities will determine our future prosperity.  That is why I encourage all of you to support Global Entrepreneurship Week and why I’m proud that Enterprise UK is the driving force behind this global movement of entrepreneurial people."

Prime Minister Gordon Brown

"Difficult times need innovative solutions. Now more than ever we need enterprising people, fresh thinkers who spot opportunities and apply their entrepreneurial talents to confront challenges head on. By celebrating entrepreneurial creativity and recognising its importance, Global Entrepreneurship Week will inspire more enterprise, increase innovation, and help a greater number of people to get their ideas off the ground."

David Frost, Director General, British Chamber of Commerce

"There's no doubt that we need the entrepreneurial spirit even more to help lift us out of the economic malaise. Global Entrepreneurship Week is an excellent and unique forum bringing together existing and would be entrepreneurs inspiring them to turn their ideas into reality. Innovation and enterprise are two of the key ingredients at the core of economic growth and prosperity and Global Entrepreneurship Week has never been more important and necessary than in today's turbulent environment.”

Karen Hanton, Chief Executive, Toptable

Global Highlights

Speednetwork the Globe will connect hundreds of entrepreneurs from across the world simultaneously to unleash ideas and make connections. Participants are given five minutes to Speednetwork with another person. When time is up a whistle is blown and everyone has to find someone new to talk to. Discussions can be about anything, but it is intended as an opportunity to pose your burning entrepreneurial questions to a variety of people - from students, to community leaders, to local entrepreneurs.

A three-day international conference (15 November to 18 November) will be held under the banner of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Edinburgh, Scotland, highlighting the Determined to Succeed Strategy developed by the Scottish Government. The free conference will bring together leading practitioners, policy makers, and people from across the globe who are passionate about delivering enterprising education for children and young people.

National Entrepreneurship Revolution Rally will be taking place in Ghana during the week. The rally is expected to bring together 10,000 entrepreneurs, students, government officials, and members of the public in a celebration of enterprise. The rally will be addressed by highly successful entrepreneurs in Ghana who will share their stories to inspire, mentor, and engage participants. At the same time, the President of Ghana will be addressing the nation to endorse entrepreneurship. Teams of students from across Ghana will also be taking part in Make Your Mark with a Tenner. Inspired by Enterprise UK's competition of the same name, the competition will inspire students within higher levels of education to pursue an entrepreneurial path.

The Global Innovation Tournament will take place during the week. It is an "Apprentice-style" competition that pits students around the world against one another with the goal of promoting innovation. Contestants will be given eight days to develop innovative and enterprising solutions to a global challenge that will be revealed in a secret brief. Contestants will be judged by a network of hosts and judges that will span the globe. A separate panel of judges will then select a global winner from these local winners, shortly after the Week.

Washington DC will host Achieving Scale in Enterprise. The workshop will highlight efforts to support entrepreneurship in emerging markets, and will feature keynote speeches from Iqbal Quadir of the MIT Legatum Centre, Bob Litan of the Kauffman Foundation, and Rachel Robbins from the IFC.

The Infocar Tour will take place between Germany and Poland. Young entrepreneurs will travel in a vintage Polish car from Szczecin in Poland to the German capital Berlin. The tour will stop at towns and universities along the route, where the crew will meet with young people, and take part in enterprise-themed events, conferences, and discussions

Toronto, Canada will host the YES Youth Entrepreneurship Summit on 16 November, which will itself incorporate the Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s Awards Celebration. This event will celebrate the accomplishments of Canada’s entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and will be attended by the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

The global finals of the Cleantech Open Ideas Competition will take place on 17 November. The finals will bring to a close a worldwide search for innovative and enterprising clean technology ideas. All national winners will be flown to the finals in San Francisco, California. There they will attend a VIP reception and present their pitch to a live audience of 2,500 clean technology experts and investors. $100,000 worth of start up services will be awarded to the winner.

China’s national Boot Camp for Entrepreneurs will launch in Shanghai on 18 November with an opening ceremony attended by winners of China’s National Business Plan Competitions. The Boot Camp will cover all aspects of an individual’s enterprise journey, from drawing up a business plan, to financing and running a business after it has opened.

The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards will be held throughout the week in Kansas City, Missouri. Contestants from across the world will compete against their peers by presenting their business ideas to a panel of judges. Winners will share in over $150,000 in donated business services.

The Challenge Your World Finals will take place in Montreal, Canada on Thursday 19 November. The final will bring to a close a worldwide contest in which video artists from across the world were invited to submit visual concepts reflecting their ideas for a sustainable world. The Grand Final will feature a keynote presentation from Guy Kawasaki on the themes of innovation and social media.

On Friday 20 November The New York City Stock Exchange will host Mentoring Madness: a panel discussion in which leading entrepreneurs discuss turning points in their entrepreneurial journeys. Panellists will include Blake Mycoskie (founder of TOM’s Shoes), Barry S. Sternlicht (CEO of Starwood Capital), and Stephen P. Hanson (Founder of B.R. Guest Restaurants). Local Partners across the globe will be encouraged to host their own mentoring events during Mentoring Madness by inviting a local panel of successful entrepreneurs and incorporating the NYSE Euronext feed into their event.

On the first day of the week, high profile people from the worlds of politics, economics, and business will gather at London’s British Library for 2009’s Global Entrepreneurship Week Launch Event. The event will consist of keynote speeches from Carl Schramm, CEO Kauffman Foundation, and Jim O’Neill, Head of Global Research, Goldman Sachs. These will be followed by a panel discussion, featuring Peter Jones, Chair of Enterprise UK, Matt Brittin, MD and Director of Operations for Google UK, and Dame Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive at the British Library.

Silicon Valley Comes to Oxford in England on November 22. Now in its ninth year, the event aims to bridge two world centres of ideas – Oxford and Silicon Valley – to explore entrepreneurship and technology with a mix of masterclasses, tutorials, panel debates, and networking events. Speakers will include Biz Stone (Co-Founder and Creative Director of Twitter), Bob Goodson (CEO, and co-founder YouNoodle), and Reid Hoffman (Co-Founder, LinkedIn).


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