Next week, thousands of entrepreneurs will come together for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013. This worldwide event, involving seven and half million people from over 130 countries, will take place throughout the week of 18 – 24 November. It seeks to develop and support promising entrepreneurs and produce new ventures. The Week enables recent start ups and growing small businesses to receive practical advice from people at all ends of the entrepreneurial spectrum.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is once again hosted by Youth Business International (YBI) in partnership with Barclays. YBI also runs the event in 10 other countries using the week to encourage a conversation about entrepreneurship which connects people, shares ideas and discuss regional and international issues.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the ideal time for people to be proactive about their business aspirations; perhaps by joining a local networking group or giving social media channels a boost. With over 2,500 events [1] planned, involving over 250,000 people, the Week is set to be bigger and better than ever before. YBI is encouraging people in enterprise to explore the events and resources available through the Week and think about how they can join the conversation.

Activity taking place during the Week includes over 150 events run by supporter, Barclays. These events range from their international and local clinics to over 100 free Barclays Get Ready for Business seminars targeting aspiring entrepreneurs to help them kick start their businesses and to take them to the next stage.

Events taking place here in the UK include over 1,800 students will take part in 'Nestle The Chocolate Box Challenge' where they will act as a chocolate manufacturer trying to secure an order to supply a new market. The Peter Jones Enterprise Academy will challenge students from Southend on Sea to explore the barriers preventing young people from taking a step forward in their enterprise careers, tasking them to develop an awareness campaign to encourage entrepreneurship.

GEW_UKAround the world, events include Canada's $5 Challenge, where teams of students will be given $5 on the Monday of Global Entrepreneurship Week and will have until the end of the week to turn it into as much money as possible.

To make the Week even more special, this year will mark 10 years of a week in the UK dedicated to giving individuals the useful support to help them get started and to take a step forward. Once the Week is underway, the next chapter will be to ensure the enthusiasm and optimism harnessed during Global Entrepreneurship Week is paired with the practical help that aspiring entrepreneurs need to transform their businesses.

For further information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, to learn more about the events taking place across the world and how you can be involved, visit www.gew.org.uk or follow the hashtag, #GEWfwd on Twitter.

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[1] http://www.gew.org.uk/events

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