Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012
From November 12 to 18, 2012, Futurpreneur Canada once again championed an outstanding Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) as Canada’s official host!
Through both national and local events and activities, hosted in partnership with entrepreneurial organizations and supporters across Canada, we celebrated entrepreneurs and inspired Canadians to follow their passion and choose entrepreneurship as a career.
How we celebrated
Through our flagship activity, the YOU Innovate Canada tournament, Futurpreneur Canada challenged Canadians to think like an entrepreneur! Together with our supporters, partners, universities, colleges, the media and more, we challenged Canadians to see that a great business idea can come from looking at an ordinary thing in an extraordinary way. Participants were asked to take an everyday household object (an egg carton) and use it as a raw material to create a new product, service or experience. The value of their innovation was then demonstrated in a short video and any monetary gains were donated to entrepreneurial charities, ACE and KIVA.
Hundreds of Canadians participated in YOU Innovate Canada and they proved that we all define value in different ways. See the winning videos here, including that of the Grand Prize winner Team Engage, who used egg cartons to make and sell sustainable jewellery; moulding the material into beads and using social media to raise awareness about the environment and reusing material! Prizing included $10,000 in cash awards, one trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2013, and ten honourable mention prizes of fifty Olloclip lenses were generously provided by TELUS.
In addition to the YOU Innovate Canada tournament, Futurpreneur Canada and our partners and affiliates also coordinated an additional 515 activities from coast-to-coast in celebration of GEW Canada. Together, we made it possible for Canadians to participate in their own way by packing the week full of conferences, social media campaigns, media coverage, contests, seminars, government announcements and more!
GEW 2012 by the numbers:
Participants – 29,195
Partners – 163
Activities – 515