CONWAY, Ark. (Nov. 8, 2021) — In a single week in 2020, over 6,000 Arkansans were reached through Global Entrepreneurship Week. More than 20 communities across the state came together to celebrate entrepreneurship through 40-plus events. Global Entrepreneurship Week didn’t stop in Arkansas or the United States; more than 180 countries participated in celebrating. Collaborations between Arkansas and international countries were a few highlights.
Global Entrepreneurship Week fosters deep-rooted collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers, and entrepreneurial support organizations. The Global Entrepreneurship Network fuels healthier entrepreneurship ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation, and strengthen economic growth.
I celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week to be inspired by the stories of relentless business leaders who work so hard to make their dreams come true. The networking of Global Entrepreneurship Week is also vital. In 2020, the Conductor collaborated with other communities in Arkansas. Still, we had the opportunity to chat and work with Governor Asa Hutchinson, the Gutenberg Digital Hub in Germany, and Dr. Bernd Wurth, lecturer at the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship at the University of Strathclyde Glasgow.
From November 8-14, education, ecosystems, inclusion, and policy will be the main themes celebrated during the 2021 Global Entrepreneurship Week. Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates entrepreneurs and gives ecosystems access to the globe to share experiences, thoughts and celebrate success.
Global Entrepreneurship Week will allow entrepreneurs to think about a more sustainable and post-pandemic world as they celebrate the highs and lows of the past year. This time to reboot and think ahead will allow entrepreneurs to lean on each other as they network in their community, state, and country. Education during Global Entrepreneurship Week will encompass K-12 children to adults as they continue their entrepreneurial journey. This is also a time for entrepreneurial ecosystems to host events and attend other events to best help their area.
Panels, discussions, and events on inclusion will be a significant discussion of the week as we work toward a more diverse society. Lastly, Global Entrepreneurship Week focuses on policy to change and aid entrepreneurs to help them succeed as best as possible.
2021 will bring exciting things to Global Entrepreneurship Week. In-person events are being held for the first time in over a year. Hybrid events and virtual are still being held for all to participate. Anyone can celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in Arkansas; these communities are all celebrating:
- De Queen
- Eureka Springs
- Fort Smith
- North Little Rock
- Pine Bluff
The Conductor is on a mission to empower entrepreneurs, innovators, and makers in the Central Arkansas area. Events planned for Conway include youth education, a 10X Growth Accelerator launch, Startup Stories, webinars, pitch night, and more. All Conductor events are no-cost for all participants.
Entrepreneurs, business owners, and community members can find more information about Arkansas Global Entrepreneurship Week events at arconductor.org/events.