GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP WEEK 2015November 16 - 22, 2015
What is Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)?
GEW is the largest worldwide event for supporting entrepreneurship that takes place every third week in November. In 2014, GEW connected over 8 million participants in over 150 countries worldwide. GEW’s mission is to support the global development of entrepreneurship. Every year a wide range of events take place that are aimed at all types of entrepreneurs, from individuals just starting their own business or start-up, to established firms of all sizes. GEW activities are supported by well-known personalities like Hillary Clinton, Prince Charles, Richard Branson and Snoop Dogg.
Czech Republic GEW 2014 Success
Only after a year of GEW coming to the Czech Republic, already a great deal of progress has been made. In 2014 we coordinated 86 events across many regions with attendance over 3,000 people. Media featured over 50 stories about GEW, and these stories were featured in all major news outlets. GEW events were personally supported and attended by the prime minister, the finance minister, the minister of industry and trade, and the minister of education, youth and sports.
Thank you for your interest in Global Entrepreneurship Week. If you would like to participate in the largest Czech and worldwide event in supporting entrepreneurship please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or use the contact form on this page.
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As this year’s GEW events get closer, look for the calendar here which will show all planned events, and a sign-up sheet, which can be used to sign yourself up for events.
Would you like to be notified about upcoming events and other related news? Take the time to register for our newsletter! That way you won’t miss out on any important information!
Would you like to organize your own event and participate in this year’s week of supporting entrepreneurs? Host your own event under the GEW name! Read on for a quick guide on how to organize your event.
Audience and aims
Who do you want to engage in your Global Entrepreneurship Week activities? And what’s the aim of your event?
Before you start booking a venue and sorting the agenda, take a step back and think about what it is you actually want to achieve. Do you want to get involved in the conversation? Maybe you can help women start-up businesses? Do you want to inspire students to think about entrepreneurship? Or maybe you want to develop people’s enterprise skills?
Adding a theme or focus to your event, might help you engage the right audience: Low-carbon technology, ‘confidence, time, money’, social enterprise, women’s enterprise…
What will your target audience be interested in?
This year the theme for GEW 2014 is ‘Get connected,’ encouraging the budding entrepreneurs to connect with new people, resources and technology.
Type of activity
Think really carefully about the type of activity you want to run. You could run a speed-networking session, run a competition, organise an entrepreneurial speaker to inspire participants, or a drop-in business advice day. What would appeal to your target audience?
Make it High Impact
Could your event be one of this years’ prestigious High Impact events? A High Impact event must meet our criterias in order to be recognised as an event that had a positive impact on attendees. In 2013, we awarded 1,877 events with the High Impact Badge of Honour.
Want to win this award? Then consider the High Impact criteria when planning your event.
Once you’ve decided on who your target audience is and the theme of your activities, start to think about which other organisations would be interested in getting involved. Working in partnership allows you to pool resources, knowledge and expertise. It also means you can reach a much bigger audience.
In many ways ‘the rules’ for securing sponsorship are the same as those that make any partnership or relationship work. The starting point is to put yourself in the shoes of whomever you are seeking sponsorship from, to establish areas of mutual benefit, agree what success looks like up front, be accountable and then look after the little things really well.
If funding proves hard to secure, ask people for in-kind donations. A local business may provide free venue space, a drinks company may offer free refreshments, and a local printing company may produce your marketing materials at a reduced cost.
Now it’s down to the nitty gritty!
Now that you’ve put a budget together, you need to confirm a venue and then choose the catering. Do you need to provide lunch or dinner, or will refreshments do? You also need to think about microphones, lecterns, screens, projectors and sound. And remember, if a speaker is part of your activity be sure to organize his/her travel arrangements.
Once you’ve put together your invite list, you need to send out invitations. You can do this electronically via email or newsletter, or you may want to produce printed invites. Invites should be sent out as soon as possible; otherwise you’ll be scraping for attendees at the last minute! It’s also worth sending out a reminder email a week or two before the event.
You might want to think about using an online registration process such as www.eventbrite.com. The website allows you to publish and promote your activities, sell tickets and manage invites.
Promoting your event
There are loads of free ways to promote your events…
Remember to register your activities on this website today! It will then become an official Global Entrepreneurship Week event and become part of the official events calendar. It will be promoted to media, government, young people, like-minded organizations and people all over the world.
Social media and other digital tools
Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram have become a rage in the promotional world! Promote your event my being proactive on theses networking site. Do not have an account yet? Create one today !
Getting your event in the press can be pretty straight forward if you match your event to the right media or newspaper feature. Local newspapers, magazines and radio love featuring the local community and if something particularly interesting is happening like a Global Entrepreneurship Week activity, you’re even more likely to gain press attention.
Finally! But wait, it doesn’t end here….
Once the event gets over, do send us photographs clicked during the event and share your experiences. You can write testimonials, prepare case studies, blog stories and share with us!