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Global Entrepreneuship Week: | 21 November 2020

A call for advancement

 

It cannot be emphasised enough on the importance of entrepreneurs, innovators and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the resumption of the Seychelles’ economic growth. In the words of Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, “Entrepreneurs are the life and blood of any economy” and Seychelles entrepreneurs are no exception.

The Covid-19 pandemic is negatively affecting Seychelles; the extent to which it will continue to be unpredictable. As the one-week Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrations come to an end, the department of Entrepreneurship and Industry recaps that although GEW only takes place once a year, the ongoing energies go a long way and the connections created are long-lasting. Exposing people to the path of entrepreneurship requires one to understand what an entrepreneur really is and the many benefits that come with it for us all to benefit, especially to the future generation.

It is essential for citizens and countries to unite with every other nation in the world to inspire our local entrepreneurs and encourage the potential ones to become starters – the world has perhaps never needed entrepreneurs more than it does right now.

The department of Entrepreneurship and Industry anticipates that this year’s GEW celebrations will encourage our local budding entrepreneurs to fulfil their dreams as well as foster unexpected connections and increase collaboration to strengthen our community. Moreover, Seychelles remains committed to achieving the targets related to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and this can only be done with the collaborative efforts of stakeholders.

For those who have not been able to follow activities during the week, you are still able to do so by visiting the official GEW Seychelles website – genglobal.org/Seychelles, the department’s Facebook and Instagram pages and by searching for the hashtag #GEWSeychelles.

The Global Entrepreneurship Week is the heartbeat of the Global Entrepreneurship Network – a weeklong celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. It is organised every November in order to inspire people everywhere through local, national and global activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings. This year the activities of GEW is being hosted by Seychelles.

 

Contributed by the department of Entrepreneurship and Industry

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