Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) kicked off last Monday, November 18th with a slew of activities in celebration of the innovators and leaders who are transforming economies and promoting ecosystems of entrepreneurship worldwide. Taking place each November, GEW works with supporting organizations in dozens of countries to organize events for local entrepreneurial communities, fostering opportunities for collaboration, discussion and inspiration.
On social media, Endeavor Twitter handles globally participated in a campaign initiated by the Endeavor Turkey office, sharing dozens of insightful quotes from Endeavor Entrepreneurs with the hashtag #EndvrTale. See a selection of the top tweets from the campaign below or by clicking here. In addition, Endeavor co-founder and CEO Linda Rottenberg contributed her insights to CNBC’s special report on “The Global Entrepreneurial Revolution”, a media series created in partnership with GEW. Rottenberg explains why economic downturns are often optimal times for entrepreneurship in her full article here.
Below are highlights of Endeavor’s GEW activities in a selection of countries where the organization has an established or growing presence.
Endeavor Argentina hosted two main events during GEW which included a “Startup Camp” that convened over 4,000 participants for an online and digital program that offered educational and support services to participating startups. Another signature event led by Endeavor Argentina produced one of the largest gatherings to occur during GEW in Buenos Aires. The “Entrepreneurs Day” brought together over 5,300 registrants in a full day of activities supported by more than 30 partner organizations and featuring 60 activity sessions focused on entrepreneurial development.
Endeavor Brazil helped to organize and support GEW activities across the country, convening top policymakers, business leaders and influencers to inspire the entrepreneurial community in the region. Events in the cities of São Paulo and Minas Gerais featured prominent public officials, including the governors of each city, and drew top media outlets and hundreds of participants to celebrate the week’s kick off. A second flagship event brought together seven founders and CEOs from major Brazilian corporations to offer strategic advice to the 800 attendees and 27,000 online visitors looking to explore their own business development.
This year, Endeavor Colombia was selected to chair the GEW articulating committee for the nation’s local events. The initiatives led by the articulating committee resulted in 60% more activities organized throughout the country compared to previous years. Endeavor Colombia’s efforts supported one event in particular entitled “Next Bank LatAm”, the first collaborative conference on innovation and disruption dedicated to technology startups developing financial solutions throughout Latin America. Taking place in Bogotá, the conference brought together business leaders and startups from across the region.
Endeavor Egypt supported a two-day summit entitled “RISEUP Egypt” during GEW, which showcased and celebrated Egyptian entrepreneurs as they shared success stories and networked with other members of the country’s entrepreneurial community. The event featured a mixture of keynotes, panels, roundtables and workshops, as well as a startup trade fair and a final celebratory party. In addition to the events, Endeavor Egypt launched a new “eNSPIRE” speaker series to promote the region’s entrepreneurial spirit through short TEDx-style talks given by Endeavor Entrepreneurs and mentors.
For the third year, Endeavor Jordan partnered with INJAZ, a non-profit youth organization, and Endeavor Entrepreneur company Akhtaboot during GEW to organize workshops geared towards equipping young adults with entrepreneurial and managerial skills. This year’s workshop focused on providing participants with advice around successful interview tips and smart hiring choices. Hosted by Akhtaboot, the workshop is a part of the company’s social responsibility initiative which aims to conduct specialized training programs that help adults across the region develop work skills.
Endeavor Lebanon hosted two activities at the American University of Beirut as a part of GEW. A main event invited four high-impact Endeavor Entrepreneurs including Marc Dfouni, Elie Habib, Brahms Chouity, and Jad Khoury to present inspirational talks on their businesses to students at the university, followed by a question and answer session and a networking cocktail reception.The goal of the session was to present an opportunity for students to gain practical insights about the entrepreneurship community in Lebanon through networking and dialogue.
With over 100 supporters organizing activities all across the country, highlights of Mexico’s GEW included signature events that took place at three universities in Mexico City, drawing nearly 1,100 attendees. These events included a keynote by the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne, who spoke on the U.S. support of Mexican entrepreneurs, followed by a feature on television network FOROtv. Activities in Mexico this year were organized around key themes including technology, women entrepreneurs, childcare, and student entrepreneurs.
Endeavor South Africa hosted the local GEW with three key events across the country. In the city of Johannesburg, the office organized a “Getting Social” event to celebrate Venture Corps and Endeavor Entrepreneurs by convening marketing experts to discuss digital media strategies. A second event themed “Collaborate, Not Compete” brought together high-impact entrepreneurs and young African entrepreneurs to network and knowledge-share. In Cape Town, Endeavor South Africa hosted the “Guy Lundy Inspiration Breakfast”, which featured a keynote by the top South African strategy consultant. In addition, Endeavor South Africa supported over 40 other regional activities.
Working with multiple partner organizations to promote over 140 activities across the country, Endeavor Turkey served as the local host for the region by kicking off the week with an opening ceremony and press conference held at the Istanbul Stock Exchange. The office also organized the third annual Good Initiative Summit, featuring a workshop which convened 200 participants and four keynote speakers to explore the concept of high-impact entrepreneurship. In addition, Endeavor Turkey brought together the region’s entrepreneurs by organizing activities that include a training program for angel investors and a special panel for the Aspen Institute’s Partners for a New Beginning Summit.
Endeavor Uruguay organized two main events for the week. The “Más Emprendedoras” workshop focused on the topic of accessing smart capital and brought together experts, entrepreneurs and over a hundred attendees. The subsequent “Experiencia Endeavor Elevator Pitch” event convened five entrepreneurs to demonstrate best practices for business pitches followed by a networking session that allowed attendees to present their own ideas to Endeavor mentors. A networking reception following the event hosted Endeavor board members, mentors and entrepreneurs.