By Claire West

Global Entrepreneurship Week will be launched this morning (Monday 15 November) at Google HQ in London by Peter Jones, entrepreneur, Dragon and Chairman of Enterprise UK and Tom Bewick, CEO of Enterprise UK.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (15th — 21st November 2010) inspires young people and aspiring entrepreneurs to take the next step on their enterprise journey.

Every town and city in the UK will see organisations and schools hosting events to encourage and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs as people look to make a job not just take a job.

In more than 100 countries across the world, over 7.5 million people will take part with around 100,000 people attending 1,800 events in the UK. Global Entrepreneurship Week was founded by Enterprise UK in 2004, and taken globally in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation in 2008.

Prime Minister David Cameron said of the week:
‘Global Entrepreneurship Week is a fantastic opportunity for us to inspire the innovators and entrepreneurs in our country — and in the current economic climate that is incredibly important. The future of our economy depends on a new generation of entrepreneurs coming up with ideas, resolving to make them a reality and having the vision to create wealth and jobs.

Every success story starts with someone taking the brave step of striking out on their own, so the more we can encourage people to take that step the better. That’s why the government is doing everything possible to encourage entrepreneurs who are starting out — from simplifying taxes to providing access to mentors — and that’s why I wish Global Entrepreneurship Week every success’
UK Prime Minister David Cameron

In response to the Prime Minister’s call for the most entrepreneurial decade, Enterprise UK will challenge:

• The Ambition Gap - 50% of the population want to start a business but only 5.8% are in the actual process of starting a business
• The Demographic Gap- approximately 10% of entrepreneurs are under 35 and London has twice the levels of entrepreneurial activity as some other UK regions.
• The Skills Gap - Enterprise education doubles your chances of business success but enterprise is still not a staple of the education system — in schools, colleges and universities