Updates from Around the World
Jun 15, 2010
A lot has been happening recently relating to Global Entrepreneurship Week. Here is a snapshot of some of that activity — as reported from the global blog at unleashingideas.org:
- Nigeria Officially Launches Global Entrepreneurship WeekNigeria has joined the growing roster of countries to have officially gotten their Global Entrepreneurship Week campaigns off the mark. On a lively opening night in Lagos, a mix of policy makers, financial institutions, academics and 254 Nigerian SMEs were present to witness the launch and discuss the event’s theme, ‘Building credible SMEs in tough times’.
- Mauritius Kicks Off Six-part Entrepreneurship Training WorkshopToday sees the small island nation of Mauritius aiming big with the Entrepreneurial Training Workshop. The programme, which kicked off this morning, has been organised by Global Entrepreneurship Week’s organisers on the island, Empretec Mauritius, a capacity-building NGO established by UNCTAD which has operations across 29 nations.
- Bolivia Goes for Global GloryGlobal Entrepreneurship Week 2010’s Bolivian Host Red Bolivia Emprendedora has wasted no time in getting the ball rolling for this year’s edition, bringing together key stakeholders from the world of enterprise at the official launch event in La Paz. And in an effort to galvanise Bolivian patriotism in the absence of a national presence at this year’s World Cup, RBE’s Miguel Hoyos challenged the nation’s entrepreneurs to ‘make Bolivia world champions in entrepreneurship’. As opening salvoes go, it’s hard to argue with that.
- GEW… It’s Not Just One WeekOne of the things that we struggle with here behind the scenes on Global Entrepreneurship Week is demonstrating that it’s more than just one week. Yes, there are more than 18,000 partner organizations around the world promoting entrepreneurship through their events during a single week in November, but it’s not like those organizations sit around the rest of the year doing nothing. Here is one recent example: Junior Achievement Russia.
- Entrepreneurship Policy in the Arab WorldOn the heels of the recent entrepreneurship summit in Washington, I was directed to a list of entrepreneurship initiatives in Arab countries by Dale Murphy of the Dubai School of Government. It’s an impressive list and I would encourage all of our GEW hosts in those countries — along with any other entrepreneurial groups in those countries — to add their initiatives to the list.