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Global Entrepreneurship Week

A rundown of the enterprise initiatives taking place this November and how you can take part

It's now just over two weeks until the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide initiative which celebrates and promotes all things entrepreneurial. The Week has been running since 2004, and last year's effort saw 24,966 events and activities run in 77 countries. More than three million people took part with 644,000 in the UK alone.

At this year's Global Entrepreneurship Week the initiative will be characterised by four days each with their own agenda. The week kicks off on Monday 16 November with the Make Your Mark Challenge, where schools and colleges up and down the country will stage a one day enterprise competition. Wednesday 18th is dedicated to women's enterprise, Thursday 19th is Social Enterprise Day and for the first time, November 20th will be devoted to promoting home-based businesses.

The collective campaign is run by Enterprise UK which was founded in partnership with four of the UK's leading business organisations the British Chambers of Commerce, the CBI, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors.

The great thing about the initiative is that you can get involved yourself by either signing up to one of the thousands of planned events, or even starting one your own. To make it an official Global Entrepreneurship Week event you'll need to register it which you can do here. Any schools wishing to take part in the Make Your Mark challenge will also need to register by 9th November.

And if you are planning on running your own event as part of the special week then MWB Business Exchange is giving away free space at its meeting venues across the country. If you want to run an event in London, Manchester or Edinburgh just fill out an application form at and explain why your event represents the spirit of Global Entrepreneurship Week. You need to send it in by 5pm on Tuesday 3rd November for a chance to win.


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