Countries Around the World Unite to Celebrate Entrepreneurship

    Effort from 17-23 November 2008 to unleash young people's ideas to
    address society's biggest issues

    LONDON, Nov. 13 /CNW/ -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined Carl
Schramm of the Kauffman Foundation today in starting the countdown to Global
Entrepreneurship Week 2008, the world's biggest single event celebrating and
promoting entrepreneurship amongst young people.
    The announcement was made at an event in London attended by leading
business figures and entrepreneurs from around the globe, including 26 of the
37 countries signed up to date. Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 has been
founded by Make Your Mark, the business-led, government-backed campaign to
create an enterprise culture in the UK, and the US-based Kauffman Foundation,
the world's pre-eminent Foundation dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship.
    "Enterprise Week has been a massive success in the UK -- over 5,000
different events will take place this week. From now on, it will be linked to
enterprise campaigns around the world through Global Entrepreneurship Week,"
stated Prime Minister Brown. "By unleashing the creativity and ideas of young
people all over the world, we can create the successful products and
businesses of tomorrow."
    From 17-23 November 2008, millions of people will take part in events
organised by thousands of organisations worldwide. The Week will create the
world's next generation of entrepreneurs by inspiring people through
activities and by connecting them through online social networks.
    Global Entrepreneurship Week will promote the benefits of unleashing
young people's entrepreneurial ideas to address society's biggest issues, such
as poverty, climate change and sustainability.
    "Young people are involved in entrepreneurial ventures all around the
world, using their creativity, ingenuity, and energy to start businesses and
solve problems," added Schramm. "This enterprising spirit -- the core of
Global Entrepreneurship Week -- is an invaluable resource the world must tap
as we seek to extend the benefits of economic growth to more people across the
globe and address the complex challenges facing us all".
    Global Entrepreneurship Week already has 37 countries on board, and
expects more to join in the coming months. The initiative is initially
supported by Global Sponsors IBM and NYSE Euronext, as well as a host of
Global Partners, including: the United Nations Development Programme, the
Commonwealth, JA Worldwide, the Young Americas Business Trust, Lisbon Council,
Endeavor, Entrepreneurs Organization, and Council on Competitiveness.
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