Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011 starts on Monday and despite the uncertainty earlier this year over who would organise the UK contribution, Youth Business International has done a superb job in a very short amount of time. More than 1,800 events have been registered so far and I know from experience that a huge surge in event registration is likely to take place over the next few days.
A visit to the website reveals a wide range of different activities from large scale conferences to inspirational talks from local business role models. There is a huge amount of really practical help available from business support organisations of all sorts and a strong contribution this year from H.M. Revenue and Customs on taxation matters for small businesses. The largest numbers of events can be found in London and Northwest England but most regions of the United Kingdom have well over 100 events to choose from.
Online, the Global Innovation Game is the official enterprise game for GEW 2011. Played on Facebook, participants solve problems to global challenges whilst promoting social action. The National Centre for Entrepreneurship in Education (formerly the NCGE) has practical advice and support with an online question and answer session. Or if you want to know about creating dedicated online communities, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) may have just the webinar for you.
In London, Tuesday sees the Go Global conference being held at the Coin Street Conference Centre on the Southbank, with a line-up of experienced and inspirational speakers. The conference is being hosted by Enterprise Nation and is for anyone looking to
export or sell overseas. And on Thursday and Friday, the Business Startup Show opens its doors at Earls Court 2.
Outside of the capital, Liverpool Vision is hosting a one-day conference enabling business people to engage with leading entrepreneurs and decision-makers about building an enterprise culture within the city. Bristol will be home to the Can’t
Get One, Start One! Youth Enterprise Conference on Friday, thanks to Babbasa Youth Empowerment Projects. Or if you are in Ely and just want to do a little networking on the way home, why not pop into The Cutter Inn for one of the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce’s informal networking drop-in event on Monday?
Wherever you live there’s lots to do next week; so support GEW UK and have a look here for an event near you. Happy GEW!