History

Since it began in the UK as Enterprise Week in 2004, Global Entrepreneurship Week has reached millions of people, inspiring them about the potential of entrepreneurship. Since its inception, Global Entrepreneurship Week has spread to more than 130 countries and involving more than 7.5 million people.

The week has shown that entrepreneurship is a force for good: that it can lift people out of poverty, enable people to take control of their own lives, or simply turn their passions into profit.

Global Entrepreneurship Week began life as Enterprise Week in the UK back in 2004. When news of the phenomenal success of Enterprise Week in the UK spread the globe, lots of other countries got excited about the potential of running similar initiatives in their own countries.

So in 2008, Enterprise UK and the Kauffman Foundation (the world’s largest entrepreneurship foundation based in the US) founded the very first Global Entrepreneurship Week.

In 2011, Youth Business International became the national host for Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK. Youth Business International, through its global network, already ran the campaign in several other countries including Canada and India, and so was the perfect organisation to take over from Enterprise UKAs part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 in the UK, over 213,000 people attended 2,305 events, run by over 900 organisations.

In 2012, Global Entrepreneurship Week UK was hosted in partnership with Barclays. 279,500 people attended over 3,200 events, organised by 532 partner organisations - a 30% increase on the 2011 campaign. Events took place in every part of the UK, run by a wide range of partners including the public sector, SMEs, schools/FE colleges, universities and not-for-profit organisations. Read our evaluation report to get the full details or visit “What happened in 2012” on the gew website.

The theme for GEW UK 2013 is “Take a Step Forward”. We are encouraging current and aspiring entrepreneurs to take a step forward in their plans – whether that’s starting a business, seizing a new opportunity or finding out more about careers in enterprise.

We are also encpuraging every school in the UK to run an enterprise assembly and every college in the UK to run an enterprise event! There are nearly 4,000 schools and colleges across the UK supporting 11 million students. Imagine engaging your students in an enterprise talk timed to coincide with every other school and college in the UK spreading the same message – that the future is theirs and that they can define their own success! Read more about our Education and Enterprise assembly and event campaign here.

Click here to read more about the 2013 GEW UK capaign.