Global Entrepreneurship Week in Missouri

Next week is Global Entrepreneurship Week, a Kauffman Foundation-led celebration of entrepreneurship worldwide. In fact, the “GEW” 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

Not only is the world-renowned Kauffman Foundation located in Missouri (Kansas City, Mo., to be precise), but the GEW is celebrated with plentiful activities all over the state: in KC, all along the I-70 through Columbia (with the esteemed McQuinn Center) to St. Louis, as well as in the southwest and southeast corners of the state. These activities all serve to “inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity”. Missouri is thereby well represented in the GEW’s participating 120 countries with 40,000 events worldwide.

In addition, Columbia, Mo., is turning into an entrepreneurial powerhouse bound for international impact. This little town, hometown of the University of Missouri and the McQuinn Center, has quite an entrepreneurial community. The town is home to awesome entrepreneurs Brant Bukowsky (twice on the inc500 list) and Brent Beshore (with inc500-listed AdVentures – #28 in 2011), the Museao building for entrepreneurial events such as the very successful Startup Weekend, the recently launched downtown incubator, the MU Incubator, the Entrepreneurship Alliance, the MU Entrepreneurship Minor, the Small Business and Technology Development Center, the Business Research and Information Development Group (BRIDG), and local investors such as the angel investors’ network the Centennial Investors.

From an entrepreneurial point of view, “CoMo” may very well be the place to be. But first, let’s celebrate the Gobal Entrepreneurship Week.


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