Over 300 organisations have already signed up to take part and run events including schools, colleges & universities, businesses, community & campaigning organisations. Events will be held all around the UK, to support this year’s theme of ‘passing on’ the practical help and support needed by early start-ups and individuals who are considering setting up their own business.
· Entrepreneurs 2012, a four-day entrepreneurial event with keynote speaker President Bill Clinton, as well as Ruby Wax and Bear Grylls.
· StartUp Britain urging schools to share some toast and get down to business during Britain’s Biggest Breakfast Networking event.
· The Prince’s Initiative holding a Senior Enterprise and Mentoring Conference to explore how enterprise can provide personal, social and financial independence to the over 50s.
· At the University of Swansea student Ben and graduate Jezz from Mango Bikes (as seen on BBC Three’s Beat the Boss) will ‘pass it on’ - sharing their story of setting up a business.
· Entrepreneurs Wales 2012, a one day conference designed by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Speakers include Julie Meyer and Bruce Dickinson.
· 250 16-30yr old entrepreneurs taking part in Shell LiveWIRE LIVE!, learning from Britain’s leading business minds such as Luke Johnson.
· The Morgan Foundation Entrepreneur Awards 2012 gala dinner near Chester, with winners and £115,000 in cash prizes announced.
· Four winners plus a wildcard chosen by the public pitching for business support at The Pitch 2012 Grand Final at London's Ministry of Sound nightclub.
· Mosaic students meeting and learning from business leaders at Business in the Community's Big Conversation, as part of the Skills Show in Birmingham.
· The British Library is holding events all week, including webinars, the announcement of the Real Business 2012 Future 50 and ‘Inspiring Entrepreneurs’ with designer Orla Kiely.
Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive of Youth Business International, said:
“With one month to go, we are seeing great enthusiasm for Global Entrepreneurship Week so far. The quality of the events is better than ever, and should really help achieve our aim of delivering a focused, practical and supportive Week. We’re grateful to everyone who has already got involved, and would encourage anyone who hasn’t yet done so to think about how they might be able to use Global Entrepreneurship Week to support the start-up community.”
Rich Ricci, Chief Executive of Barclays Corporate and Investment Bank and a Patron of YBI said:
“We help and support hundreds of small businesses every week, and recognise the need for timely, practical advice to help them start-up and expand. Global Entrepreneurship Week will help many people take the next important step on their journey. Our teams will be involved in various GEW initiatives to share their knowledge with the future generation of entrepreneurs.”
For more information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, or to register for an event, visit www.gew.org.uk