IT’S TIME FOR GLOBAL EN­TREPRENEUR­SHIP WEEK!

... Eswa­tini joins the world and par­tic­i­pates in GEW next week yet again

Swazi Observer - - BUSINESS -

THE King­dom of Eswa­tini joins the world next week to par­tic­i­pate in the an­nual Global En­trepreneur­ship Week (GEW) from Novem­ber 12 to 18.

This Novem­ber, the Global En­trepreneur­ship Net­work, which Eswa­tini is a part of, cel­e­brates 11 years of help­ing mil­lions of peo­ple un­leash their ideas to start and scale new busi­nesses through GEW.

GEW host in Eswa­tini is Ju­nior Achieve­ment Eswa­tini to­gether with the GEN Eswa­tini and part­ners. The of­fi­cial launch of the GEW Eswa­tini will be on GEW week and on that the full list of events that will be tak­ing place to com­mem­o­rate the week will be of­fi­cially an­nounced. Be­tween now and Novem­ber 9, you may con­tact JA to in­form them about your events that are aligned to the week.

The global cam­paign be­gan in 2008 with an em­pha­sis on in­spir­ing young peo­ple to make their mark and has quickly grown to be­come a com­pre­hen­sive ef­fort that en­gages en­trepreneurs, in­vestors, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, re­searchers, sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tions and oth­ers col­lab­o­rat­ing to ad­vance eco­nomic growth and in­no­va­tion in more than 170 coun­tries around the world. Eswa­tini hosted her first GEW in 2009.

Roughly 35 000 events and com­pe­ti­tions will take place dur­ing #GEW2018 – con­nect­ing nearly 10 mil­lion par­tic­i­pants to po­ten­tial col­lab­o­ra­tors, men­tors and even in­vestors. Dozens of world lead­ers on ev­ery con­ti­nent and a net­work of more than 15 000 part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port the ini­tia­tive ev­ery year.

GEW is a cel­e­bra­tion of the in­no­va­tors and job cre­ators who launch start-ups 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. Mil­lions who had never be­fore con­sid­ered launch­ing their own ven­tures soak up ad­vice and in­spi­ra­tion from the likes of Richard Bran­son, Michael Dell and Muham­mad Yunus.

Thou­sands of brand new start-ups spring to life through boot camps like Start-up Week­end and com­pe­ti­tions like Start-up Open. Hun­dreds of uni­ver­si­ties strengthen con­nec­tions that help them com­mer­cialise re­search from their labs. Re­searchers and pol­i­cy­mak­ers en­gage in dis­cus­sions around the world to ex­am­ine the un­der­ly­ing poli­cies nec­es­sary to pro­mote en­trepreneurial growth. And se­rial en­trepreneurs share their ex­per­tise through ac­tiv­i­ties like EO24, run by the En­trepreneurs’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion, and prac­ti­cal train­ing cour­ses like Fast-track. Mean­while, world lead­ers and lo­cal elected of­fi­cials alike have em­braced the cam­paign as they look to fuel the eco­nomic en­gine of high­growth start-ups in their own coun­tries and com­mu­ni­ties. 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. GEW is more than just an aware­ness cam­paign. It is a plat­form for con­nec­tion and col­lab­o­ra­tion—en­gag­ing all play­ers along the en­trepreneur­ship spec­trum in strength­en­ing ecosys­tems around the world.

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