Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) hosted in India last year by Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) bagged the ‘Rookie of the Year’ award at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Moscow this week whilst adding another golden feather to its cap of achievements.
The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world—where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
It was a four-day event. The highlights of the GEC event are as follows:
Keynote speaker, Vivek Wadhwa – Vice President of Innovation and Research, Singularity University, spoke about the ubiquity and accessibility of high tech innovation and technology in the near future. Through several vivid examples he urged and inspired startups to use this abundance of technology and solve real world problems. Entrepreneurship is one of the most powerful mediums to change the world and what’s a better time to startup than now!
Through several panel discussions at GEC, focus was brought back at the need of having a strong foundation of policy and research. A fitting conclusion to day 01 was the panel on ‘Championing Legislation for Early Stage Capital’. Speaker Harkesh Mittal, Adviser & Member Secretary, National Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Development Board, India along with other speakers explored best practices in terms of the right balance or approach in startup capital interventions.
Day 02 was centered around “Start + Scale.” Startup gurus like Bob Dorf – a serial entrepreneur, Mikael Hed – CEO of Angry Birds and more shared their insights and practical pointers on starting up. The day covered several key topics including growing networks, customer relations, investments and more which was conducted by distinct entrepreneurs from the participating countries.
CIIE too took a stab at hosting an event on the global platform. We hosted the fringe event, ‘Demystifying the Indian Entrepreneur’ which was more of a freewheeling discussion on applying learnings from the Indian ecosystem to other emerging markets. Entrepreneurship in India and other high context markets is not driven by the same forces as in some of the more developed nations. For a global individual, an Indian Entrepreneur might be a bit of a mystery. So, Ashwin Joshi and Mainak Bhattacharya on behalf of CIIE talked about the Indian entrepreneurship ecosystem, and put the Indian entrepreneur squarely in front of the world. The talk was then followed by interesting set of Q&As with Vivek Wadhwa and Harkesh Mittal.
The third day covered executive sessions on topics such as social media, effectively collaborating on global level to create impact in society, sharing insights to make GEW a successful campaign and more. Other fringe events were focused on entrepreneurial psychology, being an entrepreneur, women entrepreneurs, capacity building program and more.
The concluding day started with global management challenge. All around the world over 35 000 people annually take part in the competition. The 2013 Global Entrepreneurship Week Awards were distributed as part of the GEC 2014 as the concluding part of the event. Held in the wonderfully ornate State Historical Museum, the event was attended by delegates that make up the more than 140 countries that drive GEW. Dignitaries from Moscow officially handed over the GEC hosting responsibilities to members of the Italian delegation from Milan which will serve as the host city for GEC 2015.
CIIE bagged ‘The Rookie of the Year Award’. This award was created this year to recognize efforts of host organizations towards a brand new GEW campaign or for rebooting an exisiting one. GEW India, run by the Center for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship, IIM Ahmedabad (CIIE) was recognized for its efforts in expanding the campaign throughout the country.
Our representative sharing their experience
Ashwin Joshi, VP Ecosystem
More than anything, face to face interactions with the GEW global team helped us plug into the GEW ecosystem and take our interactions forward. Meeting other GEW hosts and learning from their experience helped us answer some important questions and brainstorm on models to design a better GEW 2014 India Campaign. Collaborative learning is the best asset during such meet ups, and GEC was well organized to enable that.
For more information on GEC events, you can visit http://gec2014.com/en