Thousands of up-and-coming entrepreneurs will come together next week for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013. This worldwide event, involving seven and half million people from over 130 countries, is the world’s largest campaign to promote enterprise and improve entrepreneurship skills. It takes place collectively across the world throughout the week of 18 – 24 November and aims to support and develop aspiring entrepreneurs and ultimately, create new and thriving ventures. The Week, hosted by Youth Business International and supported by Barclays in the UK, enables aspiring entrepreneurs and recent start ups to access both practical advice and support from real people from all walks of life to learn from tried and tested routes to success.
An estimated 400 events are taking place across the UK. Here are some of the top events specifically for women:
Monday 18 November
GEW Launch event. London.
To kick off the Week, inspirational women, such as Amma Mensah, founder of the education enterprise, Beyond the Classroom as well as Roberta Lucca, BAFTA award winner and founder of Bossa Studios, will both take a lead role in the launch event at Westminster Kingsway College, where they will share their stories of success as well as debating the existing environment for entrepreneurs.
Women’s Business: What do you want to know? Portsmouth Business School.
Entrepreneurial panel debating the gender agenda in entrepreneurship. Expert panel includes: • Ali Golds, Entrepreneur (CEO JUNO Project) • Dr Carol Ekynsmith (Academic Expert) • Lynda Povey (Enterprise Advisor) • Isobel Gatherer (CEO, Solent Office Solutions).
Tuesday 19 November
The Lessons from Leading Women Tech Entrepreneurs, London.
Celebrating women entrepreneurs in tech with a panel discussion among leading women who have founded, grown, sold, and promoted businesses in the tech sector.
WISER ‘Mentorworking’ for Women Entrepreneurs, Wales
Informal networking opportunity with refreshments and buffet lunch. Hear from 8 experienced business women from a range of industries; events management, ICT and social media and more… Participate in round table ‘Mentorworking’ activities.
Women in Social Enterprise, Glasgow.
Would you like to be part of a new movement to connect and support women in the business of social change in Scotland?
We’re hosting a conversation to collect ideas, get people on board and kick-start a new type of network for women in the business of social change. Nothing like this exists! We’re inclusive, accessible, offer practical help and support and can help you make the connections you need to make things happen!
Wednesday 20 November
Women in the Workplace, London
Event with workshops including: childcare; social media and networking.
Thursday 21 November
Penny Haslam’s Expert Women. Cheshire.
Broadcaster and business journalist Penny Haslam will discuss her experiences as a BBC TV presenter and share news about her new initiative, ‘PHEW’. Its aim is to get more female experts on the television and radio.
A joint-society event hosted by SOAS’ Women’s Society focusing on social ventures for women by women to inspire entrepreneurs about the amazing work that is being done by women for women in the social enterprise sector.
Start Up for Success for Budding Female Entreprenuers, Chichester.
A one day practical, common sense and accessible programme with Ali Golds. Full of hints and tips for the budding entrepreneur. Workshop format with delegates encouraged to work together on presentation skills, business planning, finance, sales and marketing and business strategy.
Join UEL’s CEWE and Funny Women to celebrate and promote the growth of women-led businesses internationally. Guests will have the chance to reflect on the challenges they face in building successful global businesses while they watch a performance by Funny Women, the UK’s leading female comedy community, and some very special guests, followed by networking with fellow women entrepreneurs and their supporters.
Friday 22 November
Start your own Business- Tips from an entrepreneur Yorkshire and the Humber.
‘Interested in Starting a Business? Tips from an entrepreneur Sophie Tregellis: Top Collar. Sophie graduated in 2013 having set up a business whilst at university. Top Collar produce an exciting range of wholesome, tasty treats for pets of all ages. Sophie will discuss why you should start your own business and what is required to be successful. She will also provide advice about the pitfalls.
The Women’s Connection Mentoring Brunch London.
Join us for a mentoring brunch, with like-minded women entrepreneurs and gain some insight into proven marketing techniques you can use to generate demand for your existing products and services. This will give you the opportunity for peer meetings, bespoke learning and knowledge sharing and the chance for business to business contacts.
If you can’t find anything here to suit, check out our weekly listings of local networking events for women in business.
For further information about Global Entrepreneurship Week, to learn more about the events taking place across the UK and how you can be involved, visit www.gew.org.uk or follow the hashtag, #GEWfwd on Twitter.