By Claire West
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged his support for the largest global gathering of entrepreneurs as part of his plan to back Britain’s entrepreneurs and make this the most entrepreneurial decade in history.
Global Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from Nov 15-21, is an “opportunity to inspire the innovators and entrepreneurs” in the UK, said Cameron.
Taking place in over 100 countries with over 10 million participants worldwide, Global Entrepreneurship Week is the largest global movement of entrepreneurs and aims to inspire and support the nation’s budding entrepreneurial talent.
The official opening of Global Entrepreneurship Week, which will be hosted at Google HQ on Monday 15 November will include keynote speeches from Google UK CEO Matt Brittin and Peter Jones CBE. The launch event will also feature a panel debate including Minister for Business and Enterprise Mark Prisk MP, Doug Richard and Coffee Republic founder Sahar Hashemi.
The week will host over 36,000 events across the UK with high-profile participants including Julie Meyer, CEO of Ariadne Capital, Lara Morgan and Dragons’ Den panelist, James Caan.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Global Entrepreneurship Week is a fantastic opportunity for us to inspire the innovators and entrepreneurs in our country.
“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.
“But to make it happen we need a culture change in Britain — an injection of self-belief and dynamism to convince those who are dreaming about making it big to get out there and do it.
“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.”
Tom Bewick, CEO of Enterprise UK said: “Entrepreneurship is vital at this time to secure Britain’s economic recovery and Global Entrepreneurship Week promotes and supports a global focus to entrepreneurship within society.”
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 will be themed around five commonly-held myths surrounding entrepreneurship and barriers to enterprise. This will be supported with new research from Aston Business School which will be released throughout the week and will ‘bust’ the key myths.
These myths are:
• Entrepreneurs are born and not made
• Entrepreneurship is a solo activity
• There is a stereotype of a typical entrepreneur
• Entrepreneurship is only about profit
• You need lots of money to start a business