We know that while many young people share our passion and consider setting up their own business, a much smaller percentage actually go ahead and make it happen.
So this year, as the UK host of Global Entrepreneurship Week – along with our three UK members: Startup Direct, UnLtd and Virgin Startup, and in partnership with Barclays, we have created a series of tools to help aspiring entrepreneurs make it happen! These fantastic resources underpin our practical approach to Global Entrepreneurship Week as platform to help people make the jump from thinking about entrepreneurship to becoming active and aspiring entrepreneurs:
Yesterday, Rise Manchester came alive for the national launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week, with over 100 aspiring and established entrepreneurs gathering together to share experiences and learn from each others successes and failures.
The event was opened by Anna Soubry MP, Minister of Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, who spoke of the government’s commitment to creating the right environment for startups. Keynote speaker Piers Linney - tech entrepreneur and former Dragon – spoke about how he became entrepreneur, and how he was inspired by the original Northern Powerhouse – the mills and manufacturing where he grew up. In addition, there were one to one mentor sessions, and thought provoking panel discussions on mentoring, open innovation and how to validate your business idea.
“Supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs is key to building a thriving economy and is an opportunity to reduce youth unemployment both in Manchester and across the UK. Global Entrepreneurship Week provides a great opportunity to inspire and mentor young people that are the key to our future,” said Piers Linney.
Richard Heggie, Head of High-Growth and Entrepreneurs at Barclays said:
“As part of Barclays’ commitment to support businesses to scale up and grow, we’re pleased to support Global Entrepreneurship Week. The events are pivotal in providing access to a range of innovative funding, services and networks for high growth businesses driving job creation and economic growth both locally and nationally."
After the Monday morning launch in Manchester the rest of the United Kingdom also kicked off Global Entrepreneurship Week with more than 1,500 events hosted by 387 partners up and down the country. On Friday, to close off a week of amazing events, the global pitching competition Get in the Ring comes to the UK for the first time.
Get in the Ring has grown from a local competition in the Netherlands, to a global featuure in 64 countries, connecting more than 3.000 start-ups to fans. On Friday, six startups divided in three weight classes will literally face off against each other in the ring. Their goal? To become the UK national champion of Get in the Ring and represent the UK in the regional finals in London early 2016. The launch may be over but there is still plenty of time to get involved with GEW in the UK and make it happen!