Global News & Updates: Two Weeks Out
Mark Marich (GEW global)
Australia,Bahrain,Bulgaria,Canada,Ghana,Jordan,New Zealand,United Kingdom,Pakistan,Rwanda,United States of America,South Africa
Oct 28, 2011
With the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week only two weeks out, plans are jumping out from around the world. You want news & updates?
We have news & updates:
- Congratulations to the next generation of eCommerce (and spawn of Startup Weekend Los Angeles), Zaarly, for landing former eBay CEO Meg Whitman to its Board as well as $14.1 million in new funding.
- Eco Whisper, a finalist in the 2011 Australian Cleantech Ideas Competition, where they were competing for the right to represent Australia in the Cleantech Open Global Ideas Competition, continues to lead the way with the launch of the worlds’ quietest wind turbine, released to market this week.
- Have a solution to youth unemployment in Jordan? You can win $3,000 from the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship, host of GEW/Jordan, and Intel Foundation.
- Young Arab Leaders Bahrain is holding four signature events this year which will present aspiring entrepreneurs with an ideal platform to learn more about the business world and turn their ideas into reality.
- Young aspiring entrepreneurs of all nationalities are invited to visit the Startup Weekend Bahrain site to learn more about how Startup works and register to attend and participate.
- Read Women2.0.org's article on three big ways women can thrive in entrepreneurial settings like Startup Weekend.
- Check out the Twitter feed for Your Big Year, a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week to encourage entrepreneurship and global citizenship.
- Burgeoning UK business gurus and BBC One Apprentice stars Ruth Badger and Claire Young headline GEW in Hull & East Yorkshire.
- The man responsible for Guitar Hero, Call of Duty and Mortal Kombat, Agora Games founder Mike DelPrete, joins Startup Weekend Wellington in New Zealand during early November.
- Alternate Solutions, host of GEW/Pakistan, joined the International Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ICCI) in hosting a workshop to promote entrepreneurship throughout the country. The session was attended by leaders and key players in the field from SME Business Support Foundation, UNDP, Iqra University, TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Khalid Majid Rehman, Hi-Tech University, and Mohammad Ali Jinnah University.
- The Kaufman Foundation released a list of speakers--including Julie Weeks, CEO of Womenable and president of the Association of Women's Business Centers--for the Global Women’s Summit that it is hosting in Kansas City during GEW.
- One of the most accomplished fashion designers from India, Rita Kumar, is nominated to the first-ever World Fashion Week in New York City. In partnership with Global Entrepreneurship Week, World Fashion Week will bring fashion icons, influential leaders, and media from five continents to celebrate cultural diversity through fashion.
- Youth Enhancement International, the host of GEW/Ghana, announces three signature events for GEW: Mentoring Madness, Entrepreneurs Go-to School, and Startup Weekend.
- Junior Achievement Bulgaria, host of GEW/Bulgaria, is examining a pilot program on teaching entrepreneurship from the country's Ministry of Education and Science.
- Rwanda will be a part of GEW for the first time this year. Business personalities, students, and organizations from 25 districts in the country are expected to participate. See Rwanda’s GEW Facebook page to find out more.
- Ernst & Young is playing host to Auckland, New Zealand’s Intrapreneurship Summit that includes speakers from 3M, the Kauffman Foundation and the New Zealand government.
- Canadian Youth Business Foundation, the host of GEW/Canada, is putting creativity to the test in this year’s You Innovate Canada tournament, where participants are required to create as much value as possible from a coffee cup.
- In Jordan, El Hassan Business Park honors the country's Photo Contest 2011 winners that move on to compete globally in the Reach for Your Stars competition during GEW.
- The UK public is to decide from 16 competitors--four each in the English heat, Scottish heat, Welsh heat, and Northern Irish heat--who will be the wildcard finalist for the final of The Pitch. The wildcard winner then competes against four other finalists for a chance to win £50,000 in products and services to launch their new idea.
- In terms of long term economic benefit to South Africa,Entrepreneurship Week was more important to Cape Town than the 2010 World Cup, says Alderman Belinda Walker during a launch announcement for GEW/South Africa.
- The Growing Business Awards will jump-start GEW/UK this year where the country's most successful entrepreneurs attempt to follow in the footsteps of previous winners LOVEFiLM, betfair and Moneysupermarket.com.
- The University of East London will be hosting the Center of Excellence for Women’s Entrepreneurship Conference. The event will bring together women entrepreneurs and their supporters to share knowledge, experiences and challenges.
- The Ecentre Business Incubator in Massey, New Zealand, is holding two challenges for budding entrepreneurs--a Case Study Challenge, based on an ecentre startup, and a Business Idea Workshop focused on validating ideas and creating successful business models.