This year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week kicks off on 16th November. Pitched as a week-long campaign to promote entrepreneurship and an opportunity to celebrate start-ups around the globe, GEW shines a light on the benefits – both economic and social – that can be achieved by innovative and driven individuals.

What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?

The international initiative celebrates entrepreneurial success across the globe with local, national and global activities and events. In the UK alone, the initiative will involve 1243 activities and bring together 318 partners. A range of events, competitions, networking sessions, mentor events and investor meetings will be held around the UK, helping to engage and inspire future generations of entrepreneurs.

The success of last year’s campaign was monumental, with over 500 partner organisations hosting around 2,500 events, and reaching more than 340,000 entrepreneurs across the country. With the news that at the start of 2015, UK small and medium sized businesses employed 15.6 million people with a combined turnover of £1.75 trillion, it’s evident that this years campaign will take GEW from strength to strength.

 

What to look out for from TEDCO during GEW 2015?

This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week’s hosts Youth Business International, will be joined by co-hosts Startup Direct, UnLtd, and TEDCO’s own partner Virgin Start-up.

As sponsors of the event in the North East, TEDCO will be running a number of events across the week to support the initiative. These will include:

Monday 16th November

Virgin Startup Surgery – Quadrus Centre, Boldon

A one hour face-to-face session offering support and advice on setting up with the help of funding.


Tuesday 17th November

Start-up Support Showcase – Business Innovation Centre, Sunderland

Introducing Virgin Start Up and Start & Grow programmes to the North East Growth Accelerator and Incubation Network.


Wednesday 18th November

GENESIS 2015 & If We Can You Can Challenge – Baltic, Gateshead

The highlight event for Global Entrepreneurship Week in the North East. The 5 regional universities and the North East’s start-up community are coming together to promote enterprise, entrepreneurship and job creation.

Held at the iconic BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, this event features a programme of inspirational speakers, exhibitions, panel discussions and workshops. It will be the first event of its kind in the North East and expects to see 700 representatives from the student, graduate, business, professional, investors and business support communities in attendance.


Wednesday 18th November

Start & Grow Surgery – Enterprise House, Barnard Castle

One-to-one sessions for individuals and groups looking to start and grow new businesses in the North East


Friday 20th November

Business Start-up Workshop – Business Central, Darlington

A half-day workshop packed with useful information on all aspects of starting and growing a business.

 

More information is available about events and activities in the North East can be found by emailing enquire@tedco.org or by visiting the GEW website.

 

How can you get involved?

Global Entrepreneurship Week is designed to inspire entrepreneurs and the business-savvy, so if you have a business plan waiting to be finalised, or an unrealised dream that could prove to be a start-up success, now is the time to become actively involved.

With this year’s theme ‘Make it Happen’, the intention is to encourage individuals to ‘be your own boss’. From getting feedback on a business proposal at a networking event, to signing up for a training course to realise your potential, GEW offers driven and passionate individuals access to the resources needed to make the leap.

Follow us on social media throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week and we’ll keep you up to date with the latest on Facebook and Twitter.

Here are some of the hashtags to look out for: #GEW #GEW2015 #GEWMakeIt #Enterprise Elevenses

What we offer

TEDCO offers one-on-one support provided by a dedicated team of business advisors and a range of pre start seminars available to clients who are taking the first steps into self-employment. This could be looking at an initial idea and developing it further, looking at how to start a business plan, business competitors, business marketing.

Are you eligible?

If you are looking to start and grow a business we’d love to hear from you. Our friendly team of experienced Business Advisors are on hand to take your call to discuss the support available.

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