November 18 to 24 is Global Entrepreneurship Week—an annual worldwide celebration of innovation and the startups and entrepreneurs who make it happen. This year’s festivities will offer entrepreneurs around the United States and globe a variety of ways to network, compete and learn. Here are some ways to participate:
Attend local networking events and activities: Cities, colleges and communities around the U.S. will host events that give local business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to network and learn valuable skills and information. In Kansas City—hometown of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, GEW’s founder—events will include a seminar on steps to starting a business and “Get in the Ring: The American Startup Clash,” an event where startup entrepreneurs will deliver their best pitches and compete for cash prizes. Baton Rouge, Louisiana will offer a Women’s Business Leaders Breakfast and a high-stakes pitch night, similar to ABC’s Shark Tank, where a four-person panel will judge local startups on their business plans.
Check out the GEW 2013 activities database to find events in your area.
Watch events online: If you’re unable to attend events in person, or would prefer participating from the comforts of home, you can access some events online. The Kauffman Foundation will be live-streaming several speeches and events. You can watch the live streams here.
Google Hangout with Richard Branson and Ben Silbermann: On November 21 (12 p.m. Eastern Time/ 9 a.m. Pacific Time), Google is hosting a live Google Hangout with Virgin founder and CEO Richard Branson and Pinterest founder Ben Silbermann. You can RSVP and ask questions for Branson and Silbermann here.
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