Well count me in. As of earlier this week, 75 countries (actually I think they mean people, groups, etc. in 75 countries) have pledged to support and participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is happening Nov. 17-23, this year.
The idea is sponsored by the seemingly-everywhere Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in the U.S. and Make Your Mark in the UK. They’re talking about involving tens of millions of young people around the world.
The question that arises, after the logos and press releases are done, is: what shall I do, and what shall we do at Palo Alto Software as a company. Putting up a logo, and writing a blog post, are easy. We’re after more than that.
For the record, I already offer both of my most recent business planning books for free on the Web — The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, and Hurdle: The Book on Business Planning. And I’ve put some presentations online for free at timberry.com. Still, we will be meeting at Palo Alto Software to decide what else we can do.
Officially, according to the organizers:
Organizations, ranging from large non-governmental to small community-based groups, are developing activities. The roster of participating countries and partner organizations continues to grow, including many countries with severe economic challenges, suggesting a worldwide understanding of the value of entrepreneurship.
The Week is open to all those who are willing to embrace it. The activities planned, whether online or face-to-face, are limited only by the imaginations of the partners and participants. While global in scope, at its heart, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a local initiative that reflects the customs and entrepreneurial culture of each community.
Global Entrepreneurship Week will feature two signature activities. Unleash It! will be an online community that allows entrepreneurs to post challenges and links them to enterprising problem-solvers. Speednetwork the Globe will offer face-to-face networking sessions around the world that enable young people to sharpen their networking skills and talk with local entrepreneurs and leaders.
I think it’s a good idea. Sure, entrepreneurship goes on all the time, almost everywhere, but it can’t hurt to put some pizzazz into it now and then.