Global Entrepreneurship Week
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
This year is particularly special for Global Entrepreneurship Week – marking the 10th year for the global movement and weeklong celebration. It is also the first year it will be held in Sierra Leone.
GEN Sierra Leone and Innovation Sierra Leone are the National hosts for the Global Entrepreneurship Week, Sierra Leone 2017.
Our co-host is the Sierra Leone chapter of the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Limkokwing University of Creative Technology is an international University with a global presence across Asia, Africa and Europe. Founded in 1991, the University has established worldwide recognition through its innovative brand of creative education merging the best of East and West learning.
Limkokwing Institute of Creative Technology (as it was then known) was established in 1991 by founder and namesake Professor Emeritus Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Dr Lim Kok Wing. Its first campus consisted of a few bungalows in Jalan Tun Razak, Kuala Lumpur.
Limkokwing University has a presence across three continents with over 30,000 students coming from more than 165 countries, studying in its 12 campuses.
Limkokwing Sierra Leone campus is located at Hill Station on the Western part of Freetown, the capital city. The campus was established in April, 2014, but it opened its doors to students in July 2016.
Limkokwing University officially launched its new campus in Sierra Leone on 18th March 2017.
At the launch, Tan Sri Lim said the University’s branch campus’ main role in the country is to use education as a means to help in the social and economic transformation of Sierra Leone.
“In establishing ourselves here, we have given ourselves the role of a global connector in promoting Sierra Leone, making use of the resources of our campuses across the world and the collegial network we have built, we shall work to bring the world to Sierra Leone and take Sierra Leone to the world.”
Tan Sri Lim also added that Limkokwing University has begun the process of transformation by creating the most high-tech learning environment to empower students with the latest in digital technology. This is in line with the University’s vision to create graduates that will go on to become technology-savvy movers and shakers of the country.
“Here at this University, a student from even the most remote part of Sierra Leone will become a technology competent individual who is creative and innovative.”
The values of Limkokwing Sierra Leone resonates with the objectives of GEW, which are;
Introduce the notion of entrepreneurial behavior to as many people who otherwise might not have considered it as a path in their life.
Network people across national boundaries in a global effort to find new ideas at the intersection of cultures & disciplines.
Enlist active and inspirational innovators around the world to coach and mentor the next generation as they pursue their entrepreneurial dreams.
Demonstrate to opinion leaders and policymakers that entrepreneurship is central to a nation’s economic health and culture and to provide different nations with the opportunity to learn from each other on entrepreneurial policy and practice.
As Co-host, Limkokwing Sierra Leone will host the finals of the GEW 2017 Freetown Pitch Competition. This is the main event of the GEW Sierra Leone 2017 celebrations.
The finals will see a winner emerge as the GEW Sierra Leone 2017 Entrepreneur.
The winner will get a paid trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills.
GEC 2018 takes place in Istanbul, Turkey — a thriving startup hub that is both an economic and cultural cornerstone of Europe and Asia.
The two Runners up will win a place at Sensi Tech Hub. This prize is donated by Sierra Leone Brewery Limited.
What is Pitch Night?
Pitch Night is a night, which provides budding entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone the opportunity to pitch their post revenue business. At pitch night entrepreneurs provide a holistic view of their business to a vibrant Sierra Leonean entrepreneur community allowing them to market their business, solicit feedback, advice and potential partnerships.
Pitch Night Purpose
- Increase desirability and confidence in pursuing entrepreneurship.
- Provide pitch practice to entrepreneur.
- Role-model pitching and entrepreneurship to others.
- Provides stability to entrepreneurship activities.
- Provides linkages to markets, investors, partners, customers, suppliers, business support services, and capacity developers.
The Significance of Freetown Pitch Night
The Freetown Pitch Night is part of efforts to build an ecosystem in Sierra Leone that will support a new breed of entrepreneurs-value creating entrepreneurs.
Value creating entrepreneurs need an ecosystem that would allow them to flourish. We are beginning to now see the slow emergence of a significant number of such entrepreneurs.
Freetown Pitch Night provides opportunities to enhance the development of a new breed of value creating entrepreneurs in Sierra Leone; entrepreneurs that will create world class products and services while addressing local needs.
Limkokwing University is known for its unique programmes focused on design, creativity and innovation, and acts as an incubator to harness talent and skill development. The University pioneered the ‘indusity’ programme (industry and university), which sees students work on projects commissioned by its partners and work side-by- side with industry veterans to create original work—all within the University’s multicultural environment. By offering the latest programmes in fashion, architecture, business, media, design, IT, music, games and animation, and exposing students to its industry partners, the University seeks to form the next global generation of achievers who go on to dominate their respective industries.
The Freetown Pitch Night provides a unique platform for students of Limkokwing Sierra Leone to showcase their innovations, and entrepreneurs to pitch their business ideas. It is a platform for them to connect, build their network and crucially demonstrate their innovative abilities.