Described as “the world’s largest celebration of innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare,” Global Entrepreneurship Week has racked up some very impressive worldwide statistics:
157 Countries participated
11,101 organizing partners
(Data collected from Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014.)
Entrepreneurship is no longer a derogatory euphemism for “unemployment.” Today’s entrepreneurs come from all walks of life, age groups, genders, and identities.
In McKinney for example, there is a group of teenagers taking on the task of educating their peers on how to start their own businesses. Their impact is resonating across the area from weekend events, to hackathons, and even their own accelerator.
Many of our schools are focusing their time and energy on these same areas. From Coppell’s New Tech High School, to Irving’s Jack E. Singley Academy, and Plano ISD Academy High School (a project-based 9th – 12th grade school), it’s clear that entrepreneurship is still a part of our core values as North Texans.
Remember, we have one of the highest concentrations of corporate headquarters in the country with companies like AT&T, Texas Instruments (TI), American Airlines, JC Penney, Neiman Marcus, Exxon Mobil, GameStop, 7-Eleven, and Kimberly-Clark to name a few. These are not only great neighbors, they’re also great customers for your startups—and they are all present right here in our community.
As alluded to earlier, North Texas has one of the most diverse entrepreneurial ecosystems around. Show up at nearly any tech event and you’ll find a cross-section of our community: a geographically rich, culturally diverse, and generationally-empowered community. This means that your products and services will be built and tested with the best feedback possible.
We’re already a day and a half into Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015 ( #GEW2015), so take a look at the calendar of events and choose a few things to attend. Sample our community—any of the 9,200 square miles of it, and experience all we have to offer. You, after all, are the reason it exists.
See you around town, and hopefully around the globe. Welcome to Global Entrepreneurship Week 2015!