Global Entrepreneurship Week |

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is a worldwide campaign to celebrate and promote entrepreneurship among young people. Its primary objective is to create a generation of entrepreneurs by inspiring young people everywhere to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity as well as help them to make their mark and to turn their ideas into reality. Engaging them through a range of signature events and workshop activities, the Week provides aspiring entrepreneurs with the skills, networks and values they need to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable enterprises.

As the official host of GEW Ethiopia, Empact is delighted to put Ethiopia on the global map as a true hub of entrepreneurial energy, flair and talent. In the lead up to this week we are preparing a schedule of events, aligning partners, sponsors, entrepreneurs as mentors and Government.

We are looking for partners to host a series of events that celebrate the entrepneruerial spirit of Ethiopia during the week of November 14 - 20.  If you are interested in hosting an event or sponsor an event, please contact Michael Fekade Gizaw (

Objectives of GEW
The week seeks to:
  • Inspire. Introduce entrepreneurship to young people under the age of 30 who otherwise might not have considered it as a career path.
  • Connect. Network young people across national boundaries to discover new ideas at the intersection of cultures and disciplines.
  • Mentor. Enlist active and inspirational entrepreneurs around the world to coach and mentor the next generation of enterprise talent as they pursue their dreams.
  • Engage. Demonstrate to opinion leaders and policymakers how entrepreneurship is central to a nation’s economic health and culture, and we give nations the opportunity to learn about each other’s entrepreneurial policies and practices
Global Founders
Global Entrepreneurship Week was founded in 2008 by Enterprise UK (UK’s campaign to give young people the confidence, skills and ambitions to make their ideas happen) and the Kauffman Foundation (the world leading foundation for entrepreneurship based in the USA).

Global Impact
Global Entrepreneurship Week is driven by an expanding network of entrepreneurial champions from six continents around the world. In the space of two years, GEW has brought together more than 10 million people through 57,000 activities in 100 countries including now Ethiopia.

With so many new jobs in entrepreneurial economies coming from firms less than five years old, it is not surprising that leaders around the world are looking to reinvigorate their economies by focusing on ways to stimulate new firm formation. Global Entrepreneurship Week helps map the entrepreneurial ecosystem in those countries and enjoys the participation and support of presidents and prime ministers on every continent, including: President Barack Obama (US); Prime Minister David Cameron (UK); Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel); President Anibal Cavaco Silva (Portugal); Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Canada); President John Atta Mills (Ghana); and, numerous ministers focused on advancing economic growth.

But GEW is more than just an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.