I was excited to join GEW Philly this past Monday night for their opening reception and Global Music Fest in downtown Philadelphia. GEW Philly is one of GEW USA’s newest Startup Cities to launch this year alongside St. Louis, Little Rock, and Sacramento.
The evening featured international musicians, DJs, dancers and local performers in a celebratory networking event. Chairing the event was Mr. Harold Epps, director of commerce for the city of Philadelphia, who encouraged the audience to get involved to support local artists and entrepreneurs during GEW. He highlighted the need for inclusivity and diversity in entrepreneurship to reflect the growing, innovative population of the city.
The inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Award from GEW Philly went to international entertainer DJ Aktive, a Philadelphia native who has toured with Janet Jackson, Kanye West, Nas, Comon, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend, the Roots and more. Youth dance group Beaude performed two numbers for the audience. The evening was a full-on display of the intersection of arts and entrepreneurship in the city, highlighting the propensity of both artists and entrepreneurs to reach for their dreams and work toward success. The event was also a showcase of Philadelphia’s creativity, passion and community that makes up the heart of the city.
GEW Philly continues this week with several events focusing on marketing techniques, programs for foreign entrepreneurs, a global accelerator summit, STEAM strategies and programming on millennial entrepreneurship. Some of the organizing partners for the week include YP Social Meetup, Global Philadelphia, the African-American Chamber of Commerce, Millennial Meetup, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the City of Philadelphia and AcceleratePHL.
GEW USA Startup Cities is a national initiative to celebrate and support growing startup ecosystems. The initiative includes 16 U.S. cities that are increasing their collective activities for entrepreneurship by working cross-sector to build supportive and inclusive communities, attract talent, and showcase local opportunities to inspire more Americans to become entrepreneurs and create new jobs. The efforts of USA Startup Cities will be shared internationally with global communities looking for strategies to increase new firm formation.
Joining Philadelphia this week for GEW are the cities of Albuquerque, Austin, Central Arkansas, Cleveland, Dallas, Durham/Raleigh/Chapel-Hill, Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Nashville, Sacramento, San Juan, St. Louis, Tulsa and Washington, D.C. Learn more online about GEW USA and the Startup Cities initiative.