GEW/USA 2010: Reaching More Entrepreneurs
May 06, 2011
As the book closes on Global Entrepreneurship Week/USA 2010, let’s take a quick look back on the great events that took place and the impact of Week. From November 15-21, 2010, GEW/USA’s 1,313 partners held 3,286 activities with more than 445,000 participants. These events reach a wide audience from school students just learning about entrepreneurship to policymakers in the nation's capital.
Here are just a few of the highlights:
- Movers and Changers -- hosted by NYSE Euronext in partnership with mtvU -- saw 150 college students from the New York City area descend upon the New York Stock Exchange for the opportunity to listen to top entrepreneurs. Nick Cannon, CEO/Founder TeenNick Entertainment, David Karp, Founder of Tumblr, Charlie Kim, Founder and CEO of Next Jump and Susan Smith Ellis, Founder and CEO of (RED) discussed their biggest influences, taking their ideas to the next level and resources they used to achieve their dreams. If you missed the original airing, you can see the entire conversation archived online.
- The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards -- hosted by EO at the Kauffman Foundation -- announced Brent Skoda, a student at Texas Christian University, as the 2010 Global Student Entrepreneur of the Year. His company CollegeFitness.com was inspired by the deep need among college students for greater access to health, nutrition and fitness information. Skoda received $150,000 in cash and in-kind business services.
- DECA hosted two events during GEW/USA. The first was the Ultimate Power Trip Conference in Washington, DC where more than 2,000 students spent two days honing their entrepreneurial skills through workshops, learning sessions and an entrepreneurial scavenger hunt. DECA also hosted the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference in San Diego. During the conference teams of four to five members were given scenarios and challenged to deliver a 10-minute presentation to business executives serving as venture capitalists.
- Michigan Emerging gathered more than 600 entrepreneurs, business leaders, change makers and others at the Ford Center in Dearborn, Michigan, to recognize and encourage new businesses in the Detroit metropolitan area.
- Policy Spotlight for Entrepreneurs -- hosted by yhe Kauffman Foundation and the Consumer Electronics Association on Capitol Hill -- examined critical policy challenges facing entrepreneurs today. Moderated by Brian Wingfield, Washington Bureau Chief, Forbes, the panel featured Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, Robert Litan, Vice President for Research and Policy at the Kauffman Foundation, John Backus, Founder and Marketing Partner of New Atlantic Ventures, Michael Beirne, Founder of Voice of Entrepreneurs and Jake Sigal, Founder and CEO of Livio Radio.
- Entrepreneurship: The Economic and Regulatory Barriers -- hosted by the US Chamber Foundation and Global Entrepreneurship Week -- discussed the primary barriers that entrepreneurs face today. The event featured discussions on immigration policy and the importance of financing and tax policy.