Free Enterprise Staff  | November 17, 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week Kicks Off

Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide event that celebrates entrepreneurs and job creators like Birchbox co-founder Katia Beauchamp (pictured above).

In the United States, there are events planned all week long in every state, with 270 partner organizations sponsoring 835 total events, including workshops, roundtables, and presentations. The Kauffman Foundation, Dell, and the M.I.T. Enterprise Forum are among the prominent backers of this year’s iteration of the annual weeklong event, which 140 countries are participating in—up from only 77 countries in 2008.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the events taking place this week in California, North Carolina, and Delaware. Be sure to check out the full, state-by-state list of activities here, and also have a look at this infographic, which ranks entrepreneurship in 130 different countries.


Startup Night San Francisco: Serial entrepreneur Axel Schultze will lead a discussion on how founders can strategically network and more effectively reach investors. Wednesday, November 19, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Cost: Free

Annual Alternative Funding Forum/Global Crowdfunding: Slated to take place at the Century-Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, this event promises that attendees will learn alternative ways to raise money from a group that will include “fundraising experts, leading entrepreneurs, innovators, crowdfunders, angel investors, venture capitalists, bankers, and lenders.” A full-day event on Friday, November 21, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost: $195 for early registrants

China Environmental Technologies Select Reverse Trade Mission: A global event with a local feel: Chinese government and business representatives will attend an event sponsored by the California governor that aims to increase bilateral trade between California and one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. To be held in San Diego on Thursday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Seats are still available for businesses looking to participate.


Startup Weekend Wilmington: Startup Weekend is a Seattle-based nonprofit that organizes weekend-long workshops for fledgling entrepreneurs across the globe. One of the organization’s worldwide events will be held in Wilmington, Delaware, providing local entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their ideas and receive feedback from a group of their peers. To be held in Wilmington at The Loft at Start It Up Delaware from Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23. Cost: $75 per ticket.

1 Million Cups: The event provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to “prepare a 6-minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present” to an audience made up of mentors, advisors, and other entrepreneurs. To be held in Georgetown, Delaware, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19. Cost: Free, for both presenters and audience members. 

North Carolina

An Impact Bootcamp, Shark Tank Style: The organizers of this event invite anyone with an idea for a business to present their concepts to an audience that will offer real-time feedback. At the end of the day, the person with the best business idea—not the best pitch or the most lucrative concept—will receive the “Impact Prize.” To be held at the Venture Lab in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 22. Cost: Free.

Startups That Aren’t Technology? Panel and Networking: An event specifically tailored for entrepreneurs and founders whose businesses aren’t technology-focused. Business and finance experts will offer advice on how to grow their companies, hone their ideas, and better fundraise. To be held at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 21. Cost: Free.