Seychelles joins the rest of the world to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week | 16 November 2019
The Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s leading campaign which exposes and celebrates the achievements of entrepreneurs and innovators across the world as they are not only seen as the drivers of economic growth, but also contribute to more exciting and inclusive societies. It is a week-long event, which takes place every November, and this year, GEW will be celebrated from November 18 to 24.
The four global themes for GEW 2019 are Education, Ecosystems, Inclusion and Policy, which connects all relevant participants from the entrepreneurs themselves to educators and policymakers who continuously strive to help them take the next step, regardless of where they are on their entrepreneurial journey.
Today, the department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development is initiating such celebration in Seychelles with the aim of nurturing an entrepreneurial culture among everybody, especially the youth.
To become an entrepreneur, it is essential that parents and teachers, among others, shape children’s mindset at early stages and to keep pushing them to ‘think outside the box’. They must challenge the status quo so as to bring something new to the world.
Many of us use or are familiar with platforms such as Facebook, Amazon, Skype and Google, but did you know that the creators of these platforms are entrepreneurs? Their stories, in so many ways, demonstrate the best of a globalised world and the opportunity to dream big and to make a change in the world that is impactful. Hence highlighting that those entrepreneurs did not only know the rules of the business game but they had that game spirit!
The department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development has been and is still determined to reach all audiences by actively liaising with schools to organise competitions and has also recently launched the ‘5 Steps to Starting up your Business’, ‘MSMEs Guide to Incentives’ and ‘What is an Entrepreneur’ Booklet, each providing valuable information to potential futurepreneurs.
To commemorate GEW, SBC will be broadcasting two programmes namely, ‘The School Entrepreneurship Competition’ and ‘Konekte Zenn’, which aims to broaden the entrepreneurial knowledge among Seychellois people. Nonetheless, we anticipate that by next year, a greater variety of events will be organised in order to capture all existing and potential entrepreneurs at all ages. Until then, we are encouraging people to be brave enough, be strong-willed and be a risk-taker so that you can go after what you are passionate about.
Happy Global Entrepreneurship Week!
Contributed by the department of Industry and Entrepreneurship Development