November is National Entrepreneurship Month in the United States, a time to celebrate the entrepreneurs who serve their communities and bolster the American economy. For one week each November, we also recognize the American spirit of entrepreneurship abroad by celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (#GEW2016), this year held November 14-20. During the week, U.S. embassies and consulates will organize numerous events and inspire thousands of individuals from all backgrounds to follow in the footsteps of generations of American entrepreneurs. The following are just a few examples of the many events where U.S. diplomatic missions will be connecting entrepreneurs to potential collaborators, mentors, and investors:
In Turkey GEW events will take place across the country, including a two-day summit on leadership building and community engagement focused on social impact enterprises; an event with the Women Entrepreneurs Association; and a reception for young Turkish entrepreneurs to meet with established businesses and U.S. embassy officials.
U.S. Embassy Bogota will host an event for young entrepreneurs that will feature a speech and short Q&A by Beatriz Fernandez, the co-founder and CEO of the Colombian restaurant chain Crepes & Waffles.
The Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WE Americas) association of women entrepreneurs will partner with the organization Mujeres del Pacifico on November 17 in Santiago, Chile, to launch their Women Supporting Women (Mujer Apoya Mujer) mentoring platform.
A number of #GEW2016 events will be held in South Africa, including a panel discussion led by 4-6 successful female entrepreneurs from the ranks of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and a women’s entrepreneurship event focusing on women leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields led by 2014 YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship alumna Nola Mashaba, now Head of Corporate Communications for CNBC Africa.
U.S. Embassy Cairo will host a networking reception for Egyptian entrepreneurs in Cairo and will hold a series of workshops throughout Egypt to promote the entrepreneurship ecosystem. Events will focus on project management and social media for entrepreneurs in addition to a Technology Club. Additionally, Embassy Cairo will host career building workshops in Luxor, Aswan, and Assiut.
In India Consulate General Hyderabad has organized a three-day entrepreneurship boot camp.
In Singapore, U.S. Ambassador Kirk Wagar will deliver remarks and lead a panel discussion as part of a regional Young Presidents Organization conference.
Source: U.S. State Department.