November 14-20 is Global Entrepreneurship Week(GEW). Enterprising individuals around the globe are held up and spurred on for their part in the transformation of small-town main street USA to developing nation’s villages. GEW is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
Anne Aryazarwa is a graduate of the 2011 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program and entrepreneur. Anne owns General Enterprise and Catering in Rwanda where she sells affordable school uniforms and sports equipment to students and schools in her area.
But GEW is more than just an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.
These are all notions that are supported through IEEW’s PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program year-round. We understand the importance of the entrepreneurial spirit in the transformation of developing countries and here at home in the U.S.
Amir Taj Sirat, a 2007 graduate of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program and owner of Greenway Ball Company in Kabul, Afghanistan is shown here with several of her female employees. Taj's soccer ball manufacturing company employs over 250 people, primarily women.
This year, 120 countries across the globe will participate in over 3700 GEW events and initiatives that inspire people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
To find out about how to participate in a Global Entrepreneurship Week event or activity in your area, click here: