Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week.

16 11 2009

Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week! (November 16-22, 2009)

Throughout this week, participating countries across six continents are coming together to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination, and creativity. In these seven days, the goal is to inspire, connect, mentor, and engage young people (under the age of 30) to generate new ideas and seek out better ways of doing things.

During what has been stated as “the world’s most innovative week,” entrepreneurship will be introduced to millions of young people and innovation will be promoted as a vehicle that can take them anywhere. The vision to inspire innovation in youth began with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. There are no geographic or socioeconomic boundaries to Global Entrepreneurship Week, and anyone can participate.

In this Business Week article, Jonathan Ortmans, the President of the Public Forum Institute and head of Global Entrepreneurship Week, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa, outline why it pays to encourage entrepreneurship among young people around the globe. As they have stated, “[g]iven the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship as a career path, proper guidance, access to credit, and a cultural climate that makes risk far less intimidating and failure far less damaging, young people can unleash their potential and turn the marketplace into a generator of economic and social value.”

Check out the Global Entrepreneurship Week blog, get inspired, and become involved by registering your activity. To find out what activities are going on in your area, click here. Use this initiative to tap into the creative genius of our youth, mentor them, and encourage them to consider entrepreneurship as a career.

Photo courtesy of the Ewing and Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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