Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 took place November 17 – 23 with a number of activities in celebration of the innovators and leaders that are transforming economies and promoting ecosystems of entrepreneurship worldwide. This year, over a dozen Endeavor offices around the world hosted events during the week, joining the movement of 150 countries, millions of participants and more than 25,000 global activities and competitions. Each November, GEW works with supporting organizations to foster opportunities for collaboration, discussion and inspiration.
On social media, Endeavor Twitter handles globally participated in a campaign focused on the impact of scale-ups and their impact on economies and job creation. This campaign took the form of visuals highlighting the numbers of jobs created by Endeavor Entrepreneurs in all 20 of the markets the organization operates in, from Argentina to South Africa. In addition, Endeavor hosted a Twitter conversation with top entrepreneurship influencers focused on the #ScaleUpImpact of high-growth entrepreneurial ventures, inspired by The Global Scale Up Declaration. View highlights from the chat by clicking here.
Below are highlights of Endeavor’s GEW activities in a selection of countries where the organization has an established or growing presence.
Endeavor Argentina organized an Experiencia Endeavor event in the city of Mendoza to highlight the development of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem, promoting Endeavor’s mission and entrepreneurs’ success stories. Endeavor Argentina also announced the expansion of its offices to Patagonia and Mendoza, both of which will be operating by 2015.
In addition to leading the movement in Brazil by mobilizing partners, defining the national campaign and organizing key activities, Endeavor Brazil hosted eight official “opening” events across its local offices. All of these events explored the theme of this year’s national campaign under the brand “Don’t Let Any Obstacle Be Greater Than Your Dream”, which brought together experts and entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges facing local ecosystems. Endeavor Brazil also participated in events organized by its partners, including a discussion on legislation related to entrepreneurial education hosted by the Chamber of Deputies and a competition for the best education initiatives conceived by the GEW National Board.
Endeavor Chile promoted and hosted several large scale events across the country, including Endeavor Experiencia Patagonia which was one of the largest national events put on during GEW. Experiencias are high-impact events hosted by Latin American offices which seek to contribute to the development of local entrepreneurial ecosystems through workshops, presentations, discussions and more. Startup Day Chile closed GEW with support from Endeavor Chile. Startup Day is an event series of lectures and conferences for entrepreneurs with the goal of motivating and inspiring the 300 participants. Several GEW Chile program events took place all around the country, including a celebration of women in entrepreneurship – it was the the first “Girls in Tech” event in Viña del Mar that aimed to kickstart a local community of women in technology.
Endeavor Colombia was a major player in its local GEW events, helping to support a marked increase in participation nationwide – nearly 100,000 people attended Colombian events this year compared to only 2,200 in 2012. More than 420 activities were held throughout the country and Colombia stood out for its proactive and innovative initiatives. In Latin America, Colombia was recognized for organizing the most events and placed fifth globally behind the UK, the U.S., Algeria and Canada.
Endeavor Egypt worked closely with the U.S. Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and the Embassy of the United States in Cairo to organize a half-day event titled “Entrepreneurship: From Start Up to Scale Up”. The event took place on November 19, and all the talks and presentations were given by influential women in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Endeavor Egypt Managing Director Heba Gamal gave the keynote speech, addressing Endeavor’s role in the ecosystem as well as the Endeavor multiplier effect.
For the fourth year, Endeavor Jordan partnered with INJAZ, a non-profit youth organization, to host an educational event for INJAZ students during GEW. This year, Endeavor Entrepreneur company The Online Project led a two-hour workshop on “Social Media for Start-Ups: How to Accelerate Your Business”. The workshop was held at INJAZ’s headquarters and attended by students from the Company Start-Up Program (part of INJAZ’s Entrepreneurship and Employment unit). Participants received a comprehensive introduction on the value of social media for marketing their businesses, as well as tips and advice on effectively promoting new products and services online.
As part of GEW in Lebanon, dozens of SMEs and industry leaders gathered on November 19 at Beirut Digital District (BDD) for IGNITE, a first-of-its-kind event where entrepreneurs pitched their products and discussed commercial deals with C-suite representatives from large corporations. Organized by Endeavor Lebanon and Beirut Digital District, the event united suppliers and buyers from the best Lebanese startups and leading companies in the real estate and finance sectors. Through a series of 15-minute discussions with each of the participating corporations, every attending entrepreneur got the chance to showcase their products and hear honest expert feedback, in a speed dating format. The entrepreneurs’ one-on-one meetings with decision makers and industry veterans offered much-needed market feedback on the proposed products. The speed dating sessions were followed by a networking event.
Endeavor Peru showed its support for various organizations that propel the regional ecosystem by being a part of a number of GEW events. The team was also involved in a number of conferences about entrepreneurship, including Start-Up APEC, an event that promotes innovative businesses and entrepreneurship in Asian-Pacific economies. Endeavor Peru was also represented at an entrepreneurship conference in Universidad San Ignacio de Loyol and as a judge in a business project competition at IPAE School of Business.
Saudi Arabia (KSA)
Endeavor KSA participated in a number of GEW activities across the country. For the first time in Gizan, Endeavor KSA joined the First Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, which was attended by students, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship-supporting organizations. Endeavor KSA Managing Director Rakan Al Eidi and Endeavor KSA entrepreneur Loai Neseem, founder of Lomar, got on stage and shared their stories and the impact of Endeavor to inspire youth in the region. The Asharqia Young Businessmen Council in the eastern side of the Kingdom organized its GEW event at the Asharqia Chamber hosting Rakan and Naif Alqahtani, LSS founder, to discuss the impact of Endeavor. Outside of the country, entrepreneur Lateefa Alwaalan, founder of Yatooq, joined the fifth Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco, which highlighted the impact of technology on modern entrepreneurship. Lateefa served on a panel about promoting women’s entrepreneurship along with other recognized female entrepreneurs.
Endeavor South Africa hosted one GEW event at the Johannesburg office. The guest speaker was Jenali Skuse, employer branding consultant at Universum, who addressed a gathering of over a dozen people in this closed event. Skuse highlighted the importance of attracting and retaining the best talent as a key determinant of business success. She also delivered an informative and inspirational session on the basics of employer branding, talent attraction and retention. This was followed by a breakfast and an opportunity to network. In addition, Endeavor South Africa supported over 120 regional activities.
Endeavor Spain Managing Director Adrian Garcia-Aranyos spoke at a GEW event with thought leaders like Jerome Engel and Pedro Nueno, where the board of GEW gave an elevator pitch on the challenges of entrepreneurship. Endeavor Spain also took part in an ANDE event on entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean region.
Endeavor Turkey’s reach during GEW has expanded to 252 events with 239 partners in 48 cities. The office created a movie screening roadshow for the Alibaba.com movie ‘Crocodile in the Yangtze’, with the VIP attendance of the movie director and former Alibaba VP Porter Erisman. It was screened in seven universities in two cities (Istanbul & Ankara) and at two VIP events, one of which was an annual signature event titled the Good Initiative Summit. Endeavor Turkey also partnered with the Istanbul Stock Exchange for the third year for the opening ceremony of GEW Turkey. They formally launched their new Private Market Platform in this kickoff event. With more than 200 attendees, Endeavor Turkey Managing Director Didem Altop curated an investor panel, where Turkey’s investment environment was spotlighted.
Endeavor Uruguay participated in 21 events hosted by 15 organizations across the country with over 4,300 attendees. The office also hosted an Experiencia event with over 200 participants focused on the importance of mentorship for entrepreneurs. A “Mas Emprendedoras” seminar convened female entrepreneurs from across the region, bringing together over 350 women to listen to the stories of key female Endeavor Entrepreneurs in the network. Endeavor Uruguay also supported a number of competitions, incubators, presentations and events providing advice to entrepreneurs and forums for discussion.