This guest blog post is provided by Futurpreneur Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to fueling young enterprise in Canada through their financing, mentoring and resources.

From November 17-23, 2014, Global Entrepreneurship Week will inspire people around the world through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors — introducing exciting possibilities and opportunities.

This week represents an international movement that inspires millions of people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity through entrepreneurship.

Futurpreneur Canada is the official host of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Canada for the sixth consecutive year and is inviting Canadians to get involved in celebrating, encouraging and showcasing entrepreneurship in Canada.

“Canada is a country rooted deeply in entrepreneurship. It is our intention to help inspire and support new and emerging entrepreneurs by showcasing and celebrating Canada's entrepreneurial culture during GEW,” says Julia Deans, CEO, Futurpreneur Canada. “Each year, around 7.5 million people in 150 countries will participate through events, contests and more, and the impact continues to grow.”

Throughout the week, Futurpreneur Canada and its many partners are focusing on different themes and activities, including: 

  • Students and youth, featuring our campus ambassadors across Canada and the Campus Battle and City Battle, along with a series of Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur workshops on campuses across Canada;
  • Women entrepreneurs, highlighting women entrepreneurs, partners, and helping celebrate Women Entrepreneurship Day;
  • Mentorship, including a virtual event with a Futurpreneur Canada mentor, the launch of the BDC Mentorship Award presented by Futurpreneur Canada and exclusive Crash Courses for mentors and entrepreneurs;
  • Government and policy, including encouraging local government officials to take part in the Futurpreneur Canada's Day in the Life Challenge, to put themselves in the shoes of an entrepreneur for the day, plus more.

Want to get involved and be a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week? Host or attend an event in your community in November, or help us spread the word about GEW through your social media using #GEWCanada and visit www.futurpreneur.ca/GEW.