Global Entrepreneurship Week (the Week)
Malaysia 2008 Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the objective of Global Entrepreneurship Week?
Global Entrepreneurship Week (the Week) is an international initiative that aims to
inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity. With
different hosts from around the world, coordinating a range of different
entrepreneurial activities, “the Week” will connect young people everywhere and
help them explore their potential as innovators and entrepreneurs.
2. Who can participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week?
Organizations can get involved by planning local activities as a Partner. Young people
interested in exploring their ideas and making them happen can do so by
participating in actual events and online events – with thousands of activities
happening around the world and a social networking website to find new ideas at
the intersection of cultures and disciplines. Existing entrepreneurs can mentor
aspiring entrepreneurs and share their experience at local activities. Those expected
to participate in “the Week” include students, educators, entrepreneurs, business
leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many more.
3. What type of activities will be organized?
Any activity that allows enterprising behaviour to flourish would be appropriate.
These activities should encourage young people to believe in themselves and strive
to make their ideas happen, or could help foster a culture that embraces
innovation, imagination and creativity. These can include invention competitions,
networking events, school-based activities, entrepreneurship summits, workshops,
seminars and on-line activities.
4. How did Warisan Global, the Host, get involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week?
Warisan Global was selected to be the Malaysian country host, by the founders by
the Kauffman Foundation and Make Your Mark, to lead and engage the nation in
5. If my organization is implementing an activity, what type of support will I receive
from the host?
All the activities will come under “the Week” brand and be promoted on “the
Week” collaterals and website. The host will be seeking national sponsors and
leading a media outreach campaign to garner greater public awareness of all “the
Week” activities being organized in Malaysia.
6. How many partners, activities and participants will be involved in Global
It is still too early to confirm numbers and all country hosts are currently contacting
partners, with the objective of roping in more organizations to implement activities
which will bring in more participants. In 2007, Enterprise Week (a UK initiative) and
Entrepreneurship Week (a US initiative) engaged 2,720 partners, who organized
6,891 activities that directly engaged nearly a million individuals. With over 60
countries taking part in “the Week”, these numbers are expected to increase
7. What is a timeline for the organization of the Week?
To date, the host has been looking for sponsorship and confirming partners and their
activities. In October 2008, the host wishes to kick-off promotions with the partners,
with the objective of getting as many participants as possible to enroll in “the
Week”. And in November 2008, “the Week” will be officially launched.
8. How did Global Entrepreneurship Week arise?
Global Entrepreneurship Week is a combination and expansion of two successful
initiatives – Entrepreneurship Week which was held in the USA in 2007 (initiated by
the Kauffman Foundation USA) and Enterprise Week in the UK which was kicked off
in 2004 by Make Your Mark, UK. This is the first time that the initiative is being
organized on a global scale. “the Week” 2008 was announced in November 2007 by
British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown and Mr Carl Schramm, President of Kauffman