Today marks the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative run by Youth Business International in partnership with Barclays. Throughout the week, more than 2,500 events will be held in 115 countries. Hundreds of these events will be held in the UK, ranging from conferences to workshops, competitions and networking events.
The aim is to promote entrepreneurship, encouraging people with a business idea to take the leap into starting up. There are plenty of budding entrepreneurs out there – according to Youth Business International, while half of the population would like to start up their own business, less than 5% actually do.
Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 follows on from last year’s successful campaign. In 2011, 213,000 people around the UK got involved. This year’s theme is ‘pass it on’, where successful entrepreneurs are being encouraged to pass on practical help and support to early startups and individuals who are considering taking the plunge.