Entrepreneurial activity fuels growth
SINCE GLOBAL Entrepreneurship Week launched in London in 2007 to a roomful of start-up champions from 37 countries, our movement has been a key driver in an entrepreneurial revolution driving innovation and building prosperous and secure communities around the world.
As more fresh ideas spring to life in the most unexpected parts of the world, entrepreneurial programmes, capital and talent are now travelling far and wide to find and support the most promising founder teams. Meanwhile, a consensus has emerged in the last few years that entrepreneurial activity fuels innovation, productivity and economic growth in all types of economies and cultures across the globe. National policy advisors, now more attuned to the needs of their startup ecosystems, are creating rapidly expanding demand for initiatives and programs that help new firms start and scale. There is also demand for results, especially from those who fund such programmes and want to be sure scarce resources are deployed to where they will have the biggest impact.
We have played a significant role in this revolution by building a far-reaching network that embraces and engages non-traditional players who are passionate about advancing entrepreneurial growth. From the very beginning, we realised that the important contributions were needed not only from the entrepreneurs themselves in inspiring the next generation, but from investors, policymakers, researchers, mentors and other support organizations. JONATHAN ORTMANS President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network