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Global Entrepreneurship Week Fort Worth

In 2018 a group of like minded startup ecosystem builders in Fort Worth hatched a plan to capitalize on momentum gained from a few small events organized over the previous year. They chose to use the Global Entrepreneurship Week platform as the catalyst for the Fort Worth startup community for the coming years.

There is no one leader for GEW FW, either individual or organization. Rather it is an organizing committee made up of volunteers that are entrepreneurs or ecosystem builders that share a passion for building the local startup community. Anyone can organize an event for GEW FW, ANYONE! We welcome all comers that share the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Our goal is to inspire, connect and engage with our local community of innovators, creatives, entrepreneurs, investors, educators and students to help expose them to all aspects of entrepreneurship during this week, and to catalyze greater cooperation and connectivity beyond the normal silos and patterns of engagement.

What is Global Entrepreneurship Week

GEW Fort Worth is part of a concerted effort by GEN Global to have events focused on entrepreneurship one week a year around the globe. Each November, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) reaches millions of people of all ages and backgrounds through local, national and global events and activities. During the week each November, speakers, panels, competitions, showcases and networking make up the thousands of events held around the world. The goal is to inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Around the globe, 180 countries participate in GEW every year, which results in about 35,000 events that include over 10 million people. In the United States alone, nearly 5,000 events, activities and competitions are planned across all 50 states by a wide variety of organizations.

Find out more about GEW here…

Why does Fort Worth need Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Fort Worth is the 12th largest city in the United States, the 4th largest in Texas. It is a great place to live and raise a family. Most local business owners would say it’s a great place to start a business.

Yet, there are several challenges Fort Worth is facing if it hopes to match population growth with opportunity growth for its citizens. Fort Worth is woefully lagging behind other US and Texas large cities when it comes to entrepreneurial activity and investment.

This is important because startups, firms less than 1 year old, create the bulk of new jobs in America each year. In contrast, firms older than 10 years eliminate more jobs than they create each year.

In short, startups drive economic growth and create new opportunity in the economy, while established firms act as the foundation of the economy, keeping the baseline of the economy going. Startups serve as the future for our local economy and the more robust the startup community the more job opportunities are created for local citizens.

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THREE YEARS OF SUCCESS

GEW FW has been growing from day one. In 2020 is was the biggest GEW in the United States. Help us create a strong startup community locally, organize an event.

  • 2018 – 17 Sessions, 13 Organizers
  • 2019 – 54 Sessions, 42 Organizers
  • 2020 – 83 Sessions, 45+ Organizers

2020 SNAP SHOT

93

SESSIONS

45+

ORGANIZERS

140

SPEAKERS

67%

ENTREPRENEURS

23%

COMMUNITY ADVOCATES

10%

CORPORATE ADVOCATES

46

COUNTRIES

3

LANGUAGES

#1

BIGGEST GEW IN THE U.S.

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