What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 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. GEW was launched in 2007 by Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, and Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and had representatives from 37 countries when launched. It is now celebrated in 125 countries, and Global Entrepreneurship Week has enjoyed the participation and support of dozens of presidents and prime ministers on six continents.
Female entrepreneurship takes center-stage this November as Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (WED), founded by Wendy Diamond, launches on November 19, 2014, in partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The day is an opportunity to celebrate, engage and empower female entrepreneurs.
Local Ways to Participate
There is a concentrated effort by the local area Chambers, Small Business Development Center and Kentucky Innovation Network to provide a focus on entrepreneurship in our community. We celebrate the brave men and women who venture out on their own to build their dream, become a job creator and contribute to their local economy as small business owners and entrepreneurs.
Here are some helpful classes and workshops that are taking place November 17-23, 2014 in Madison and Fayette Counties:
- The RICHMOND 5: “The Richmond 5” is a competition designed to identify five entrepreneurs who will enter the EKU Business Accelerator (Incubator) for one year and then locate their business in Richmond. Over the course of one year, Richmond 5 participants will receive office space in EKU’s Business and Technology Center at a reduced cost, accelerated coaching/mentoring, promotion of their business, and other tools and connections they will need to launch a successful, sustainable business in Richmond. The judging will take place during GEW, and Nicole Mueller of Startup Production has volunteered to be one of the judges and well as providing coaching to the winners.
- Richmond Chamber Economic Development Meeting: Takes place at the Richmond Chamber on November 19th at 9:00am, and is group discussion with the EDC Committee on how to promote and develop our local economy. The discussion in November will have special focus on small business owners and entrepreneurs.
- Women’s Entrepreneur Day (WED) is a part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014. As Communications Chair of Business Babes Society, we have a monthly event that is usually for members only, and have opened it to the public. Our Unwind & Mastermind monthly event is an organized meeting to discuss topics of interest to our group of female business owners, to resolve specific challenges of our members, and to network and bond. On November 19, 2014 at 6:30pm, we will be at Cafe Meeples, 200 W. Main Street, Richmond KY to discuss “Networking Tips” with facilitator, Joyce Green.
- “How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice” with Author Todd Henry: A discussion by the author on how to find the creative side of ourselves on demand, will be held at Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center, 300 E Third Street, Lexington, KY.
- Geeks Night Out: Geeks Night Out is an open-source consortium of entrepreneurs and professionals in the creative and technology sectors. Its mission is to promote Lexington as a career, education and lifestyle destination for creative and technical business professionals and to act as catalyst where our technical, entrepreneur, and creative communities coincide. It will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Natasha’s Bistro & Bar, 112 Esplanade Alley, Lexington, KY.
There are many other events taking place this week and if you want to check out and register for any other GEW celebrations in Lexington, click here.