The current revolution in the promotion of Entrepreneurship globally cannot be said to be unprecedented having been identified as one major panacea to the current growing unemployment that plague world economies especially developing economies. There is a strong pointer to a paradigm shift in global productivity in the coming age from dependence on large few corporations to a larger network of small and medium contribution to the global market.
This is the course that the Global Entrepreneurship Network has championed over the years with its annual Global Entrepreneurship Week. It is the world’s largest celebration of Entrepreneurship that occurs every year in November. It aims at celebrating creativity, innovation and job creation, and focuses on providing promotion and support for SMEs.
The Global Entrepreneurship Network Nigeria is pursuing the same mandate of promoting creativity, innovation and job creation in this year celebration in Nigeria with a line-up of activities across the country.
The week-long celebration is scheduled to commence on Saturday 16th November 2019 with the GEW Walk for Entrepreneurship. This is aimed at physically raising awareness and promoting entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and job creation. The walk will take place simultaneously in Ibadan, Enugu, Benin, Sokoto, Osogbo,Kaduna, Onitsha and Abuja, Nigeria
The other three major events are the Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue (YED), the Women Enterprise Day and Agribusiness Dialogue scheduled for 19th, 20th and 22nd of November respectively.
While the Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue (YED) is an annual forum that brings together 1000 young people to exposes them to the different aspects of entrepreneurship, the Women Enterprise Day (WED) is a full-day business conference that brings together female entrepreneurs, business experts, media, investors, and community and government leaders to support and celebrate women in business..
With the same aim, the Agribusiness Dialogue is to engage key stakeholders to evaluate current interventions and policies whilst proffering strategies and solutions to improve the capacity and productivity of smallholder farmers, in spite of existing challenges.
As usual at the Youth Entrepreneurship Dialogue, three winners will be given seed money to start their business.
Managing Director of the Network, Dr Olawale Anifowoshe in an earlier interview with The Continental Economy gave a brief on how the Network came to berth;
” We are looking at bringing together business services providers, business support organizations and small business promoters under one umbrella to discuss and develop a focus to work together for the growth of SME in Nigeria.
EDC decided to engage the Global Entrepreneurship Network, an organization developed by the UK and the US about ten years ago. EDC became part of the Network in 2010. The network hold entrepreneurship congress in different countries every year. Having attended several of these annual congresses, EDC decided to look at setting a local version of the Network in Nigeria as an umbrella to harness every resources available to the SME in Nigeria.”
For more information about the Global Entrepreneurship Network and the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration, visit: https://www.gennigeria.org/about-gen.php