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 initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 115 countries - with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.
With so many new jobs in entrepreneurial economies coming from firms less than five years old, it is not surprising that leaders around the world are looking to reinvigorate their economies by focusing on ways to stimulate new firm formation. Global Entrepreneurship Week helps map the entrepreneurial ecosystem in those countries and enjoys the participation and support of presidents and prime ministers on every continent, including: President Barack Obama (US); Prime Minister David Cameron (UK); Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel); President Anibal Cavaco Silva (Portugal); Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Canada); President John Atta Mills (Ghana); and, numerous ministers focused on advancing economic growth.
But GEW is more than just an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life - spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world - doing good while doing well at the same time.
Breakfast of Champions: Protecting Your Intellectual Property 7:30 – 9:30am 988 Renaissance Park
Entrepreneurship Networking Lunch: Cross Disciplinary Development 12:00 – 1:00pm 988 Renaissance Park
Breakfast of Champions: Venture Funding7:30 – 9:30am 988 Renaissance Park
CRI Open House and Pizza Party 11:00 am – 1:00pm 900 Renaissance Park
Innovative Platforms to Build Capacity for Social Enterprises and Nonprofits5:30 – 7:30pm10 Behrakis Hall
Diverse Paths to Entrepreneurship5:30 – 8:30pmRaytheon Ampitheater, Egan Science Center
Restauranteur Extraordinaire6:00 – 7:00pm103 Churchill Hall
Breakfast of Champions: Lean Prototyping for Start-Ups7:30 – 9:30am988 Renaissance Park
Entrepreneurship Networking Lunch: Corporate Formation for Start-Ups12:00 – 1:00pm988 Renaissance Park
Investor Insights6:00 – 7:30pm10 Behrakis Hall
Breakfast of Champions: Government-Sponsored Innovation 7:30 – 9:30am988 Renaissance Park
Inspire, Translate, Accelerate!
Building Northeastern’s Entrepreneurial Eco-System
CRI Reception 6:15 – 8:30pmWest Village, F20