Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week is back for another year and once again we’re here to provide you with a guide to all you need to know. We’ve got tips and tricks from leading business minds to share, as well as some truly inspiring stories of entrepreneurs making it happen across the globe...

2016 sees the seven day extravaganza focus on investors, women in business, scaling up and youth entrepreneurs. While over at Virgin we’ll be looking into how entrepreneurs in conflict zones overcome adversity to start a business with Virgin Unite, Virgin StartUp will be on hand to give you all the practical small business advice you’ll ever need, Virgin Media Pioneers bring us a week of panel discussions and talks and finally, Richard Branson heads to Mexico to team up with Virgin Mobile Mexico for the country’s first Pitch to Rich event.

Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 kicks off on November 14th, with 160 countries, 10 million people and 20,000 partners working together to hold over 35,000.

Check back here throughout the week for updates, exclusive content and a whole raft of resources to help inspire and inform your business.

Take a look at what's been happening around the world for Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016...

The most entrepreneurial nations of 2016 revealed

New research has found that the USA remains the country with the most favourable conditions for entrepreneurs to launch start-ups and grow new businesses. But other countries are narrowing the gap between them as they increase their entrepreneurial support.

Four of the most disruptive young entrepreneurs

One of the themes for 2016’s Global Entrepreneurship Week is young entrepreneurs. Some people might think that young people lack the experience needed to run a successful business. One look at these disruptive entrepreneurs, who are all under the age of 25 should change your mind though…

How can you effectively embed social and environment strategies in your business?

This year saw Virgin Unite launch the Action Network - an exclusive pilot project created to disrupt the entrepreneurial landscape.

The Action Network supported micro-businesses with lessons on how to best improve their social and environmental impact. Partnering with Virgin StartUp and their entrepreneurs, the project assisted business founders through the 12-week 'People Challenge', to embed core values into their business models. Find out more about the project here.

Global Entrepreneurship Week events for your diary - There are loads of great events going on throughout the week and across the world in order to celebrate. Here are just a few that you should add to your diary.

Essential listening

After something to inspire you and fill your ears on the way to your next meeting? These two chart-topping podcast series are perfect for fledgling entrepreneurs and disruptive minds, featuring advice and discussion from some of the most unique thinkers in the world.

VOOM Podcast

Expect entrepreneurial tales of success and failure, frank business advice and insight from some of the world’s top business leaders. Each episode, under the guidance of presenter Nikki Bedi, sees us invite leading entrepreneurs and some of the most innovative start-ups around to shine a light on a particular industry or burning issue. It could be disruption with Richard Branson, fashion with Tyra Banks and Sara Blakely or advertising with Rory Sutherland.

Check out the first and second series here or subscribe on iTunes.

Virgin Disruptors Podcast

A melting pot for disruptive thinking, designed to inspire, provoke and activate change in the world of business and beyond. Presented by Holly Ransom, the show features a series of talks from influential entrepreneurs, who like Richard Branson, share a ‘screw it, let's do it’ attitude - pushing themselves to create change. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, an individual, or an organisation, this series is packed with plenty of tips and tricks that you can apply to your own thinking.

Check out the first series here or subscribe on iTunes.

Virgin StartUp advice

Struggling with funding your business, proving the worth of your idea or putting together a business plan? Don't worry, Virgin StartUp have plenty of free guides to help you along the way.



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