Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of activities, competitions and events in 180+ countries each November aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a company.
Founded in 2008, GEW inspires millions each year to explore their potential while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems to empower entrepreneurs and strengthen communities.
In the United States alone, there are 2,500 partner organizations that conduct about 5,000 activities across all 50 states.
Diversity is a driver of innovation and economies suffer if a group of people are underrepresented or face structural barriers. Global Entrepreneurship Week reaches beyond traditional startup hubs like Silicon Valley, New York and Boston - envisioning one entrepreneurial ecosystem open to all, including smaller cities and towns and previously marginalized communities.
There are four themes for GEW 2021: Ecosystems, Education, Inclusion and Policy.
GEW 2021 + Policy
Startup ecosystems are led by their entrepreneurs but government plays an important role in helping them flourish – removing barriers, resetting the regulatory environment and emphasizing connections and catalytic events.
A new generation of public sector officials and startup-savvy advisors are hacking policy solutions to help local entrepreneurs start and scale. Global Entrepreneurship Week coordinators highlight the work of policymakers across the country and around the world who are developing new policy tools to empower their local entrepreneurs.
In 2021, GEW will also help celebrate entrepreneurs as key allies in addressing the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has never been a more important moment for governments to highlight the crucial role played by entrepreneurs in creating jobs and strengthening their communities.
Entrepreneurs create value for their communities by doing at least three things – they advance innovation, they create jobs and they build wealth. In many economies, data has shown that new businesses created by entrepreneurs are the primary source of almost all net new jobs.
By encouraging the development of entrepreneurs in your community, you are encouraging more innovation, more jobs and a stronger economy.
The information below outlines some ideas for local organizers and policymakers interested in leveraging GEW in an effort to see startup communities and policymakers help each other in their shared mission to build back our economies.
Check out these GEW signature activity guides to help you plan an activity in your community during GEW.
America's New Business Plan
America's New Business Plan, a community-sourced, bipartisan roadmap curated by the Start Us Up Now coalition, proposes specific policy recommendations with actionable insights for policymakers to help build entrepreneurial ecosystems where anyone with an idea has access to Opportunity, Funding, Knowledge and Support.
We encourage you to publicly announce during GEW your commitment to adopt one or more of the specific recommendations available to bolster one of these four pillars. We can help you with the public announcement in coordination with your office.
- Download the Plan at startusupnow.org
- Write a 4-5 sentence description of a change you plan to pursue including how and when you plan to implement it.
- Submit your pledge to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download ANBP now at startusupnow.org
Startup Nations Policy Hack
Want to dig deeper into the how? Government policies are more likely to succeed once implemented if their design reflects input from key actors in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. GEW provides a chance for you to convene policy experts and community leaders to collaborate on policy solutions to specific challenges facing entrepreneurs in your community. This Signature Activity is designed to develop specific ideas from across the entrepreneurial spectrum. The Startup Nations Policy Hack guide provides simple step-by-step instructions to get key stakeholders at the table in front a policy canvas – face-to-face or virtually.
Download the guide now at gewusa.co.
Start Us Up Policy Roundtable
You can be part of the global series of official Startup Nations Policy Dialogues. Make yourself available to entrepreneurs to discuss resources your government is making available to for those starting and growing a business. The Policy Dialogue guide provides simple step-by-step instructions to hold your own discussion, in cooperation with other entrepreneur-support organizations actors, if you wish. We will provide you with an official “Startup Nations Policy Dialogue” event badge.
Download the guide now at gewusa.co
Looking for some other ideas on how you can rally support for your local startups and small businesses during GEW?
Issue a Proclamation for GEW
Issue a local or state proclamation declaring November 16-22 “Global Entrepreneurship Week in [ Your Community]”. This is a simple way to demonstrate that that entrepreneurship and innovation are a priority.
Put Your Policy Efforts in the Global Spotlight
Is your office stimulating new firm formation through an innovative policy or program? Add it to the GEN Atlas at genglobal.org/atlas. To document your policy efforts on the Atlas, please contact email@example.com to setup a contributor profile.
During GEW, we will highlight policies featured on the Atlas. Beyond the exposure, the Atlas allows you to document your government’s efforts, on a compendium that transcends government changes.
Engage Your Local Media
Submit an op-ed detailing the role of entrepreneurship in your community, broadcast your policy ideas on a local radio station, or make an appearance on a local television station to talk about how support for startups and small businesses are critical for economic recovery and growth. A few tips for public remarks:
- Relevant data points are available in the Index of Dynamic Entrepreneurship (IDE) and the Global Startup Ecosystem Reports (GSER), as well as from local reports such America's New Business Plan.
- Entrepreneurs are at the frontlines in the battle to preserve and restore the economy, and that the recovery will be faster and more robust if we work toward enabling more new businesses.
- Spotlight local entrepreneurs courageously starting a business. Highlight aspects of their entrepreneurial journey that affirm their contributions to the economy and the need to support them.
Speak at Local GEW Activities or Events
Connect with your GEW State Coordinator or Community Organizer to find out about activities and events planned for your area. GEW partners are frequently looking for VIP speakers. You can search for activities in your area on the GEW USA website, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in connecting to the relevant organizers.
Join the #GEW2021 Dialogue
Engage with your community as well as others around the world on social media. Create social media posts and video messages to show your support for your local startups and small businesses on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn or others. Be sure to use and follow the official hashtag #GEW2021 - or create your own custom hashtag to connect and focus on your community.
Find more event ideas at gewusa.co.
Fast Facts Sources
- Haltiwanger, Jarmin, and Miranda, “Who Creates Jobs?” May 2013).
- “Breaking Barriers: The Voice of Entrepreneurs,” Kauffman Foundation, Global Strategy Group, and Public Opinion Strategies, February 2018.
- America’s New Business Plan, November 2019.