GEW 2016: Female entrepreneurship, investments lead as themes

With less than three months into the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2016, where nearly 10 million people will participate in a variety of activities, events and competitions intended to “inspire, connect and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs,” according to information from the Global Entrepreneurship Network, themes focus have begin to emerge.

Every November, specifically a week in the month, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and policymakers gather to celebrate entrepreneurship in more than 160 countries, one of which is Nigeria.

The event is usually structured to celebrate and highlight high-growth, high-impact disruptors with the aim to encourage new companies to start and scale across the world.

Africa has been getting attention from the international community, especially the US Department of States, as well as other international partners, due to its emerging techpreneurs and disruptors. It will be recalled that the DEMO Africa 2016 was just concluded last week.

With more than 30,000 events to be held around the world this year, Entrepreneurship+ learnt GEW will shine a spotlight on several key entrepreneurial themes such as “women, youth, investors, cities and scale-ups through initiatives from local and national organisers that support entrepreneurship,” information on the GEW website states.

“During GEW, we will highlight powerful voices and ambassadors that promote the increase of women entrepreneurs; events, activities and competitions targeted toward women in entrepreneurship; and GEN’s partner organizations that are playing active roles in the space,” the information continues.

Part of the highlights for celebration, which will run from November 14 to 20, 2016, include “powerful voices and ambassadors that promote the increase of young entrepreneurs; events, activities and competitions targeted toward youth in entrepreneurship; and GEN’s partner organizations that are playing active roles in the space;  powerful voices and ambassadors that increase awareness of the importance of investors in start-up ecosystem dynamics; events, activities and competitions that engage investors; and GEN’s partner organizations that are playing active roles in the space,” the information continued.

It will be recalled that the GEW was launched in 2008 with 77 countries, and has since doubled in size to celebrate entrepreneurship in more than 160 countries this year.

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