Vince Cable launches Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014

Thousands of activities to run across the UK this week as part of global start-up event

Vince Cable headed up the official launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2014 this morning, with an announcement that “there is now more of an entrepreneurial frame of mind” in the UK.

Speaking at London accelerator space The Escalator, the MP explained how the entrepreneur landscape had changed somewhat over the last 30 years: “years ago the idea of having your own business was a strange one”, and outlined how business owners are now “at the root” of “helping the country to get out of a very bad place”.

Cable was joined by Cobra Beer founder Lord Karan Bilimoria and successful young entrepreneur Ben Atkinson-Willes of Active Minds.

Discussing the skills needed to become an entrepreneur, Lord Bilimoria argued it was essential to “have the guts to see it through even when others wouldn’t”, and pointed to the importance of making connections in line with the ‘get connected’ theme of this year’s GEW.

The beer mogul was also quick to assert the necessity of a global outlook, stating that UK entrepreneurs cannot afford to only think locally and should instead look outwards to other markets such as India, emphasising the ‘global’ aspect of GEW.

Established in 2004 as Enterprise UK’s Entrepreneurship Week and then launched on a global scale in 2007, GEW is celebrated as the “world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship” with a worldwide series of events taking place to help start-ups and budding entrepreneurs.

This year’s event will involve 125 countries and more than 7.43 million people across November 17 to November 22, with Youth Business International hosting the UK initiative.

To find out more about Global Entrepreneurship Week and GEW 2014, click here.

For a round of the top 10 GEW events taking place across the UK, click here.

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