Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013
From November 18-24, Futurpreneur Canada celebrated its fifth year as the official host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Canada! Over the past five years, the organization has worked diligently to build the movement in Canada, with hundreds of partners making it all possible.
In 2013, Canada built on the momentum of past years and hundreds of partners came together to host nearly 400 events and over a hundred additional activities online. These events and activities were complimented by an overarching theme of “entrepreneurial storytelling”.
How we celebrated
To showcase the many faces of entrepreneurship in Canada, Futurpreneur Canada ran a national campaign that invited all Canadians to join an online meet-up to hear stories from established entrepreneurs as well as enter for a chance to represent Canada at the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow, Russia, by submitting a story about entrepreneurship. The winning entrepreneur was Kendal Netmaker, Founder and CEO of Neechie Gear in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
This campaign was called “Hello, My Name Is” and was tied into an official kick-off for GEW at Futurpreneur Canada networking events hosted by the Keg Steakhouse & Bar in seven provinces.
This year’s second national campaign was a partnership between Futurpreneur Canada and Startup Canada to host the Canadian Mentorship Challenge. This is a nationwide challenge for organizations and individuals to host mentorship events in their communities during GEW. Through this initiative, more than 10,000 people were mentored at almost 100 events.
Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec was selected as the winner of the 2013 Challenge. They won a featured article on StartupCan.ca and PIVOTmagazine.ca as well as an in-depth, specially tailored mentoring workshop delivered by Futurpreneur Canada’s Mentor in Residence, Linda Morana. Robert Zed, Chairman of the Zed Group in Halifax, Nova Scotia and 2013 Mentor Rock Star was selected to join Dawson College for this workshop.
In addition to these national campaigns, hundreds of partners and supporters from coast to coast came together to host events in their communities and to join the celebration on social media. In 2012, Ottawa had the highest number of events of all the Canadian cities that participated and have kept this record for the second year running by bringing the entrepreneurship community together to host more than 80 events in celebration of GEW Ottawa. These events included boot camps, competitions, webinars, seminars and social events.
GEW 2013 by the numbers:
Participants – 25,226
Partners – 170
Activities – 595