Coming Up Next: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 170 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. GEW is held November 11-17, 2019.

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170 countries

20,000 partners

35,000 events

10 million people


One global celebration to empower entrepreneurs to grow and accelerate their business.

WHY #GEW2018?

Innovation drives economic growth and changes lives—and it’s our entrepreneurs who bring those innovations to life. To move those innovations takes some serious gumption and the right team of founders, funders, designers, managers, developers, marketers, sales leaders, makers and resources.

GEW is where connections happen and teams come together to get inspired, prepare for the next challenge and celebrate the Greater Washington, D.C. Region's entrepreneurship community.

How To Get Involved

Past Speakers

Past Events

#GEW2018 Sponsors

#GEW2018 DMV Coalition Partners

world bank
us commercial service
dc government of the district of columbia
dc government department for small and local business development
202 creates
1863 ventures
black girl venrures
beacon dc
get found get funded podcast
street pitch by street entrepreneurs
dc mayors office of veteran affairs
hackers founders dc
hire her
university of maryland college park campus
inncuvate media
alley powered by verizon
1776 dc
tammy hui law and strategy pllc
conell wise and associates
the mentor method
black female founders
and tech
1 million cups dc
startup weekend dc
techstars startup digest washnigton dc
innovators box
blitzar accelerator
learn serve international
orange up
vinetta project
abcd and company
junior achievement
make offices
inclusive innovation incubator
hera hub dc
dc small business development center
ace nextgen
together international dot org
techno ramp
washington dc economic partnership
startup leadership program
drip dc coffee podcast
harding media
crystal city business improvement district
biz launch
steven a rodriguez

What the #ESHIP Community is Saying

  • Wonderful event! A great variety of speakers and locations. I made a lot of awesome connections that will definitely help in the future!
    COO, MEANS Database
  • Awesome networking, great moderators and panelists, and a highly engaging atmosphere.
    Director of Teaching and Learning, One World Education
  • Very informative panels. Good opportunity to meet with startup movers and shakers.
    Chief Empowerment Officer & Founder, Kichocheo LLC
  • Great networking opportunities with startup community members.
    Program Manager, Halcyon Incubator
  • This was a great chance to connect with people from various sectors and network. The panel I attended was super informative and extremely motivating for the work I do on a daily basis.
    Program Director, DMV PAL
  • Great for anyone who is interested in becoming an entrepreneur and doesn't know where to start, these free workshops and panels allows someone to explore the opportunities that lay ahead of them. Good for networking too.
    Owner, Infinite Zen Holistic Psychotherapy
  • The range of programming was rich and wonderful!
    Founder, MoonRock Digital


Connect with a vibrant ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions across the Greater Washington, D.C. Region.