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London Calling

Mark Marich (GEW global)

United Kingdom

Nov 13, 2012


London is buzzing--after The Queen and James Bond leapt from a helicopter to launch the Olympic and Paralympic Games, its time to celebrate another world event--Global Entrepreneurship Week. GEW's official UK host is the Prince's Young Business International (YBI) - an organization that also hosts GEW in ten other countries.

GEW/UK was officially launched by YBI's patron, HRH The Prince of Wales -- who chose not to make an entrance by helicopter. At the breakfast launch event at the London Wayra academy, YBI CEO Andrew Devenport opened the Week with news that GEW/UK expects to reach over 270,000 people and engage them with entrepreneurship through 3,000 activities. This is a dramatic increase on last year when 213,000 participated in 2,300 activities.

Keynote, Michael Fallon, the Minister of State for Business and Enterprise, announced a £1.1m Entrepreneurs & Education programme to promote enterprise, along with a series of initiatives to promote entrepreneurship including the recruitment of entrepreneur advisors at the Department of Business Innovation and Skills.

Among the other events taking place in London is The Global Brainstorm—a live online brainstorming session from 14.30 GMT on Thursday (November 15th). Hosted by entrepreneur and author, Celia Gates, people from around the world are invited to brainstorm the question 'What do you need in order to succeed?' Its free and open to all countries who would like to join in. You can register I will be joining the panel session so look forward to seeing you then.

Among the GEW UK events this week, one of the largest is Entrepreneurs 2012. Running over 4 days with over 40 rockstar entrepreneurs scheduled to speak from Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson to Kevin Spacey, on Friday London will welcome star keynote, President Bill Clinton.

London rocks!

Guest post submitted by Marc Ortmans, Founder

tags: Bill Clinton, Bruce Dickinson, Celia Gates, Entrepreneurs 2012, Kevin Spacey, Michael Fallon, VIP