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Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups 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.


The Midlands’ entrepreneurial community is thriving with a robust offering of resources and programs for small businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs. This growing support system is fusing to deliver a week of activities that engages everyone from researchers and policy makers to students and dreamers. With the vision from South Carolina’s Department of Commerce, Columbia’s Global Entrepreneurship Week guarantees to deliver opportunities across the entire startup spectrum that strengthens the ecosystem as a whole. So what are you waiting for? Discover the possibilities and unleash your ideas.




“The Proving Ground is helping us build the entrepreneurial culture we need to compete in the 21st century.”

“I can’t think of a better group to celebrate for a whole week than South Carolina’s innovative, driven, community-oriented, and high tech job-creating entrepreneurs. Thanks go to all of the organizers of this week’s activities. Let’s make a week to remember.”
– Amy Love