Like most—if not all—new ventures, Global Entrepreneurship Week started with an idea. What if there were a global movement to inspire people everywhere to embrace entrepreneurship?

Representatives from 37 countries were on hand when GEW was launched in 2007 by Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation, and Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Included in those 37 countries were the first 18 Host organizations to commit their countries to the campaign, from:

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Croatia
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Macedonia
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • US

By November 2008, Host organizations in 77 countries had officially signed on—and 3 million people participated in 25,022 events and activities. In three short years, the movement reached 104 countries—under the guidance and direction of the Public Forum Institute in Washington, DC, and Enterprise UK in London with financial support from the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.