Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 Kicks Off Today

Release Date: 11/14/2011

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 Kicks Off in 123 Countries Engaging More Than 10 Million Current and Aspiring Entrepreneurs Worldwide

25,000 Partner Organizations Play Host to 40,000 Events, Activities and Competitions

Across the U.S., 1,400 Organizations Prepare to Host 3,500 Events

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Nov 14, 2011) – Starting today, in 123 countries around the world, millions of current and aspiring entrepreneurs will kick off the third-annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011, Nov. 14-20. More than 25,000 partner organizations will host 40,000 events in a week-long celebration that will drive awareness of and adoption for the world’s key economic driver – entrepreneurship.

“For one week each November, students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials come together to pursue one cause – to spread the power of entrepreneurship,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. “It’s during this time that we celebrate the innovators who bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.”

An initiative of the Kauffman Foundation, the world’s largest foundation dedicated to entrepreneurship, GEW connects people through activities that create a platform to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem. There are no requirements to take part. Anyone, anywhere can participate in wide-ranging activities that include virtual and face-to-face events, competitions and intimate networking gatherings.

A list of featured events and activities can be found at

Support from Across the Globe

Global Entrepreneurship Week continues to inspire world leaders, large organizations and everyday individuals alike.

Supporters include well-known entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, the Virgin Group; Michael Dell, Dell Inc.; Russell Simmons, Def Jam Records; Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes; and Steve Case, America Online (AOL). Dozens of global leaders also have backed the initiative, such as Barack Obama, president of the United States; David Cameron, UK prime minister; Anibal Cavaco Silva, president of Portugal; Benjamin Netanyahu, prime minister of Israel; Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France; John Atta Mills, president of Ghana; Mohammed VI, King of Morocco; Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (UK); and Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State.

Organizations supporting GEW include NYSE Euronext, Dell Inc., Endeavor, Entrepreneurs’ Organization, JA Worldwide, Youth Business International, Center for International Private Enterprise, DECA, Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Youth Employment Network, IFC/SME Toolkit, Business Council for International Understanding, Youth Enterprise and Sustainability, MIT Enterprise Forum, Kairos Society and Making Cents International.

To view a complete list of participating countries and supporting organizations, or to learn more about what is happening around the world during the week, visit

Global Entrepreneurship Week

During one week each November, thousands of activities around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial action while connecting them to potential mentors, collaborators and investors. In three short years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 120 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 95,000 activities. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 25,000 partner organizations. For more information, visit, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. In addition, the Foundation focuses on initiatives in the Kansas City region to advance students’ math and science skills, and improve the educational achievement of urban students, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a college preparatory charter school for middle and high school students set to open in 2011. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on Twitter at @kauffmanfdn and Facebook.

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