December 29, 2016

Global Startup Initiatives


Global Entrepreneurship Week continues to grow and expand to new areas each year – galvanizing millions around the world to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem in their communities. With an estimated 30,000 events and 10 million participants, GEW included 165 countries this year. With national campaigns led by a diverse collection of host organizations in different economies and cultures – from Brazil to China, and Iraqi Kurdistan to Canada – GEW has more than doubled in size and impact since its launch in 2008 with 77 countries.

Global Enterprise Registration ( portal was launched in October 2014. GER is an initiative of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), and the U.S. Department of State (DOS). It became a formal partnership in June 2016.

Global Entrepreneurship Index is an annual index that measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in each of 137 countries. It then ranks the performance of these against each other. This provides a picture of how each country performs in both the domestic and international context.The GEDI methodology collects data on the entrepreneurial attitudes, abilities and aspirations of the local population and then weights these against the prevailing social and economic ‘infrastructure’ – this includes aspects such as broadband connectivity and the transport links to external markets.

Startup Nations Atlas of Policies (SNAP) is the first-ever global compendium of public sector policies and programs. An initiative of Startup Nations, a collection of startup savvy policymakers representing more than 60 countries, SNAP will help communities, cities and countries around the world capitalize on existing knowledge and current policy experimentation – creating policy environments that empower entrepreneurs, drive innovation and stimulate economic growth.

Global Entrepreneurship Week – During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions in 160 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.

Startup Compete is a global networking site and competition platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors to connect with each other and bring potential business ideas to market. Powered by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, it reaches millions of people in more than 160 countries.