GEW 2014: Nigeria leads the entrepreneurship buzz from Africa

GEWThe Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) will hold from November 17-23, and already plans are underway across the world.

And guess where it started? Yes, in Nigeria. GEW Nigeria officially kicks off July 1, 2014 with a press conference and partners’ forum. To compliment its regular schedule of events, this year’s GEW campaign will feature a school innovation competition, with 200 participating schools who will each receive the sum of $100 to come up with the most innovative business venture. The top three winning schools will be rewarded with a new computer lab from Samsung.

african entrepreneurThe nature of African entrepreneurship is shifting in countries throughout the continent and GEW campaigns are adapting accordingly to continue to strengthen African entrepreneurial ecosystems. Recent reports are showing that several African countries are beginning to focus on opportunity entrepreneurship rather than necessity entrepreneurship – and that sub-Saharan Africa is the region with the highest number of people involved in early-stage entrepreneurial activity.

July promises to be a busy month, as GEW hosts in countries such as Nigeria and Zimbabwe officially announce their GEW 2014 campaigns. Host organizations in Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya and Madagascar are in the process of recruiting new partners and sponsors to grow and strengthen their campaigns. There is considerable interest in having all of the Africa hosts collaborate on a common event at a common time during GEW so we are looking for suggestions as well as leaders to make this happen.

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