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For one week, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement of entrepreneurial people, to generate new ideas and to seek better ways of doing things. Countries across six continents are coming together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. To think big. To turn their ideas into reality. To make their mark.

From 16 - 22 November 2009, Global Entrepreneurship Week will connect young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others will participate in a range of activities, from online to face-to-face, and from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings.

Through this initiative, the next generation of entrepreneurs will be inspired and can emerge. In doing so, they will begin to acquire the knowledge, skills and networks needed to grow innovative, sustainable enterprises that have a positive impact on their lives, their families and communities.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 was a great success and a brilliant example of what can be achieved by bringing together different ideas and cultures around the theme of enterprise. In 2009, we aim to unleash young people's ideas around the issues that matter most to society, from poverty reduction through to climate change, and to foster a global culture which recognises entrepreneurs as drivers of economic and social prosperity. 


Seven days, four goals

  • Inspire. We introduce entrepreneurship to young people under the age of thirty who otherwise might not have considered it as a career path.
  • Connect. We network young people and organisations across national boundaries to discover new ideas at the intersection of cultures and disciplines.
  • Mentor. We enlist active and inspiring entrepreneurs around the world to coach and mentor the next generation of enterprise talent as they pursue their dreams.
  • Engage. We demonstrate to opinion leaders and policymakers how entrepreneurship is central to a nation's economic health and culture, and give them the opportunity to learn about each other's entrepreneurial policies and practices.



This is the vision of Make Your Mark, the UK's campaign to give young people the confidence, skills and ambition to make their ideas happen, and the Kauffman Foundation, the world's leading foundation for entrepreneurship. 

 Global partners

Our vision is also supported by a network of leading international organisations in the entrepreneurial and youth sectors. Read more about our Global Partners.

Support the Week

This unique global campaign can only be possible with the support of like-minded global companies. Read more about sponsorship opportunities

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