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Global Entrepreneurship Week slated for Nov. 13-19

Puerto Rico’s business ecosystem is gearing up for the launch of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), taking place Nov. 13-19, serving as a prologue to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress – LATAM, organizers announced.

More than 60 local entities, including universities, nonprofits, financial institutions, private companies and government agencies, have united to curate a series of activities aimed at enriching Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

GEW is an international event held annually in November, uniting more than 170 countries, and engaging more than 9 million participants worldwide.

In Puerto Rico, this initiative is spearheaded by Carlos Jiménez, co-founder of Youth Entrepreneurship Education System (YEES) and the state coordinator for GEW. It is supported by such organizations as the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust and its Colmena66 program, known for facilitating entrepreneurship through its network of business support organizations.

This year, four municipalities – Caguas, San Juan, Carolina and Toa Baja – will participate in GEW. The local agenda includes more than 100 events, many of which are free to participants, and will reach across the entire archipelago. 

The theme for GEW 2023 in Puerto Rico is technology’s role in entrepreneurship, with a special emphasis on the application of artificial intelligence in business. Activities are planned for a variety of audiences, including discussions on “Youth Entrepreneurship Public Policy,” events for women entrepreneurs, and workshops for cooperative and regional sectors, extending from Culebra to Mayagüez, and including the central mountainous regions.

“Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem is a melting pot of innovation and economic development,” Jiménez said. “This year, Global Entrepreneurship Week not only celebrates entrepreneurship, but also lays the foundation for the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress – LATAM. We’re committed to delivering an enriching and diverse experience that caters to the needs of our entrepreneurs at every stage of their development.” 

Denisse Rodríguez, executive director of Colmena66, added: “At Colmena66, we recognize the importance of a supportive community in fostering entrepreneurship and driving Puerto Rico’s economic development. Events like Global Entrepreneurship Week accelerate the connection of our local entrepreneurs through activities that educate and inspire them to maximize their potential, thereby strengthening Puerto Rico’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.” 

A schedule of more than 100 in-person and virtual events has been curated by the collaborating organizations, covering topics from early-stage development to exit strategies for family businesses, as well as growth and innovation.

Space for the events is limited, and registration is required. For additional information, call 787-209-9800 or email info@yeespr.net.

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