For the 8th time in a row, Ethiopia will join over 170 countries to celebrate the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) that is taking place worldwide.
The on-going global event kicked off on November 12 and will conclude on the 18th. Millions of entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers participate in the occasion.
According to their blog, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, a non-profit organization, powers the event supported by over 20,000 partners around the globe including world leaders. During this time, over 35,000 events take place involving entrepreneurial activities. The Global Entrepreneurship Network will be marking its 11th year of effective operation and transformation in people’s lives.
Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) – Ethiopia, is hosting the event in the home country with mini-events lined up targeting businesses across the sectors. The primary objective is to encourage the entrepreneurial culture among the audience.
This year’s four themes include women, youth, inclusion, and ecosystem connect. GEW Women celebrates female entrepreneurs and recognize them for their efforts in building their respective economies. They have a chance to share nuggets of wisdom on their journey as well as expand their networks.
GEW Youth acknowledges the efforts of the next generation and potentially connect them to investors and mentors to effect their dreams. Their presence in the economy plays an important role in the creation of employment to eradicate the poverty level.
GEW Ecosystem Connect celebrates the victories of entrepreneurship communities around the globe.
There are gaps to be addressed in entrepreneurship in Ethiopia which is crucial in transforming the economy and bring a transformational change.