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16-22 November 2015

Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is about turning a dream into something that is achievable.   The week which was originally known as Enterprise Week began in 2004 and since its creation over 125 countries participate, the only way now is up!  In 2014 7.43 million people participated in GEW and people attended over 33,846 amazing events.

Only 1 in 20 young people start their own business in the UK - even though more than half of them want to.   There has also been overwhelming support from a range of well-known, successful people: Prime Minister David Cameron and President Barack Obama are just two of the names who have made no secret of their resounding support for entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurship programs alike. 

The theme of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 is 'Make it Happen'.  There will be loads of themed events taking place during the week and practical help and support will be passed on to budding entrepreneurs who are considering starting up their own business.

Have you heard of Tenner?  It's an national entrepreneurial competition fronted by Peter Jones.  It's aimed at school children in the UK.   Each child is loaned a ten pound note and encouraged to make a profit in a month.

I personally think it's a fantastic and really exciting idea!  At Walton Priory Middle School, Rae Bridges set up a chocolate company and made more than £70 selling his yummy products at Vue Cinema!

Other events will focus on showcasing women's entrepreneurial talents, and an exciting challenge for all entrepreneurs in the making!   Keep tabs on the official Global Entrepreneurship Week website for more information on events near you.

I remember back in school we had an entrepreneur visit and get everyone involved in a challenge.  It was great fun and everyone was buzzing for the rest of the week!   While I wasn't sure that starting my own business was something I wanted to do, the experience really boosted my self-esteem.  I felt like I could do anything and that's what it's all about - showing there is nothing you can't do if you believe in yourself! 

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