29 November 2012

My participation at the Global Entrepreneurship Week


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life and this year I had the chance to be part of it.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators, which is very in line with my mission.
The initiative started in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 115 countries—with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people, which is pretty impressive.
On the 15th of November, I participated together with representatives from IKEA, PwC and PlaNet Finance as speakers and shared our activities with the theme of entrepreneurship in Tohoku, the region affected by the tsunami in March 2011. My intention was to demonstrate the inspiring resilience of Japanese people and the great spirit of Japanese NPOs who didn’t wait to move forward to improve their life.
On the 21st of November, together with the StGallen Symposium, 6 members of the Global Shapers in Tokyo and I had the opportunity to share our work to an audience highly interested in the subject of entrepreneurship.  Akira Tsuchiya the Japanese representative of the World Economic Forum introduced the Global Shapers Community, with great effect on the audience thanks to a very inspirational video.

Following the opening of Akira Tsuchiya, Daichi Konuma Founder of Crossfields, Takuro Arimura Founder of Spanisimo, Taejun Shin Founder of Living in Peace brilliantly presented their activities.
The whole event was concluded with a reception at the Swiss embassy, where a final discussion between Yoko Ishikura, Professor for global business strategy and competitiveness at the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University. Kiyoshi Kurokawa Chairman, Health Policy Institute and myself discussed the differences between the StGallen Symposium and the Global Shapers Community.
In total, close to 500 people attended the Global Entrepreneurship Week and I am very much looking forward to inspiring more people next year.

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