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 inspires people everywhere 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. The work to support entrepreneurs continues and it reaches a high point this week as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launches in 140 countries with more than 7.5 million participants involved. Thousands of brand new startups are taking their first step this week, while others are driving their next growth phase, Jonathan Ortmans stated in Entrepreneurship.org.
One output of the Global Entrepreneurship Week is its annual “GEW 50” – a list of 50 innovative new companies selected as finalists of its Startup Open competition. Sixty-four percent of the startups on the list originated outside of the United States, according to Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, GEW’s major supporting institution.
The GEW 50 recognizes startups from 19 countries representing an even more diverse range of industries—including biotechnology, communications, education, energy, entertainment, fashion, finance, health/medical and more. During 2013 alone, 126 heads of state and ministers from 69 countries supported Global Entrepreneurship Week by speaking at activities during the Week, filming statements of support or otherwise endorsing the national campaigns in their countries. It is not only an initiation for entrepreneurship in a city, but also a platform for smart cities all over the world to get together and share the benefit from the “the entrepreneurship spectrum”.
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For the complete GEW 50 list, please visit www.startupopen.com/gew50.