Next Monday, November 16, marks the beginning of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), which, as its name suggests, is a worldwide celebration of entrepreneurs and how they improve quality of life and economic conditions.
The United States owes a lot to its entrepreneurs. They are, after all, one of the nation’s most defining characteristics, representing the kind of bold thinking and risk-taking that have long fueled the world’s largest economic player. Countries across the world are slated to participate in this year’s iteration of the annual weeklong celebration that last year brought together more than 8.2 million participants from 157 different countries.
Yet GEW means more than just a week of parties and cheerleading. As in years past, there will be thousands of events, activities, and large-scale competitions held throughout the world—at the local, national, and global levels—to bring together established founders and aspiring entrepreneurs alike.
In the U.S., GEW events will take place in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Some of these will feature pitch competitions that will connect entrepreneurs with potential investors, while others will pair mentors with aspiring business owners looking to get their fledgling companies off the ground.
At Free Enterprise, we aim to recognize the contributions and innovations of entrepreneurs every day by telling their stories. As such, we’ll be supporting GEW by highlighting different entrepreneurs each day next week, so stay tuned for those stories—you won’t want to miss them.