Nine years ago, the Kauffman Foundation in Kansas City, Missouri, and the UK government launched Global Entrepreneurship Week – a weeklong celebration of entrepreneurship events and support initiatives held in November – to encourage economic growth and inspire millions of people to begin their entrepreneurial journey.
There will be more than 100 events during Kansas City’s GEW celebration. The official worldwide event runs Nov. 14 – 20, but in Kansas City, events will begin Nov. 10 and end on Nov. 22.
One of Kansas City’s key events will be a showing of “Generation Startup,” a documentary following six recent college graduates who participated in the Venture for America fellowship program. The viewing will be held at the Alama Drafthouse on Wednesday, Nov. 16. The documentary illustrates startup life, and what it’s like to be a young entrepreneur starting a business.
There will also be a panel discussion after the documentary showing. Panelists include Cheryl Miller Houser, the co-director and producer of “Generation Startup,” Andrew Yang, founder and CEO of Venture for America, and Haley Shoaf, a VFA Fellow.
The Multicultural Business Happy Hour will help Kansas City kick-off Global Entrepreneurship Week in the city, and with more than 300 people in attendance last year, the crowd is expected to be even bigger for this GEW. The Happy Hour is hosted by the Multicultural Business Coalition, and is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to network and make connections in the community.