Statistics show that more than half the UK population dreams of starting their own business – but only 5 percent of us actually do. The main reasons we falter? Lack of information, confidence, and contacts to take those all-important first steps.
Enter Global Entrepreneurship Week (http://www.gew.org.uk), an international initiative designed to help people access the support and networks they need to take the plunge.
The initiative started out local, launching in the UK in 2004 simply as Enterprise Week. The concept was such a hit that it went global four years later, with the help of the Kaufmann Foundation (the world’s largest foundation for entrepreneurship, based in the US) and some high profile celebrity supporters such as Gordon Brown, Hillary Clinton, Richard Branson, and Snoop Dog.
Since then, Global Entrepreneurship week has expanded to 115 countries, with nearly 24,000 partner organisations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people around the world. This year, it’s running from November 12 through 18.
Here at Hub Islington, we believe in industry with a purpose; in business not just as sources of profit, but as forces of social change.
With that in mind, we’ll be hosting an event next Monday 12 November with 2 Pueblo (http://www.2pueblo.com/), a youth run social enterprise project promoting Spanish culture in London, answering the question: ‘Can Social Innovation Save Spain?’ Research shows that small and medium enterprises play a pivotal role in job creation – especially in recovering and developing economies. [http://blogs.worldbank.org/allaboutfinance/generating-jobs-in-developing-countries-a-big-role-for-small-firms] What might they do for Spain’s aging population, trade deficit, and sky high unemployment rate? 7pm-9pm. £3 Hub members, £4 non-members.
On Tuesday 13 November, we’ll be sharing Pitch and Pizza with Rupa Ganguli of Spinna, the not-for-profit she launched to connect women in the textile industry around the world, from 1-2pm. As usual, if you want to order pizza, be sure to turn up by 12pm.
On Wednesday 14 November, we’ll be making our weekly Sexy Salad extra special, combining it with a Swishing (clothes swap) session. Come to the kitchen at 12:30pm to prepare your salad contribution, and bring your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories to leave not only with a full belly, but with a brand new wardrobe.
Hope to see you there.