PHOENIX, Nov. 5, 2021 / PRNewswire / – The Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University (ASU) has been selected by the Global Entrepreneurship Network to host Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in the new state of the school on Nov. 6 launch -the-art global headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.
GEW is an international movement that is supported by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) with the support of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and has set itself the goal of enabling anyone, anywhere, to start and scale a company. Over the week, more than 10 million people will participate in 40,000 activities and events in 200 countries. As an annual event, GEW releases more than $ 150 million each November to support entrepreneurs – from large, national campaigns to small, local activities and everything in between.
“Phoenix is an emerging startup hub backed by community leaders and institutions who recognize that entrepreneurship is key to rebuilding economies from a pandemic,” said Jonathan Ortmans, founder and president of GEN. “Today’s launch is one of the first of 40,000 events worldwide to celebrate the most creative, innovative and resilient citizens in the world – and to help them become part of a more sustainable and just post-pandemic world.”
“Thunderbird shares the Global Entrepreneurship Network’s passion for equipping individuals and communities around the world with the skills and mindsets to drive sustainable and inclusive prosperity through entrepreneurship,” said Thunderbird Director General and Dean Dr. Sanjeev Khagram. “We are honored to have the privilege of launching such a transformative event at our new global headquarters in downtown Phoenix that is itself a model of the power of education and cities as business centers.”
The city of Phoenix is listed as the “Top 100 Emerging Ecosystem” in the Startup Global Ecosystem Report – the world’s most comprehensive and most widely read research on startups with 280 entrepreneurial innovation ecosystems and 3 million analyzed startups.
An example of the power of educational institutions and cities working together to foster dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems is Phoenix Global Rising. Launched earlier this year by Thunderbird, it is a transformative, multi-stakeholder initiative that aims to make the city a cosmopolitan innovation and inclusion leader for the 21st century. It reflects the inspiring leadership of Mayor Kate Gallego and focuses on large joint action projects with leading global organizations in Phoenix in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.
Since 2004, more than 200,000 people in more than 100 countries have completed their entrepreneurship programs such as Thunderbird’s DreamBuilder. They create jobs, share knowledge and improve living conditions in their communities. The latest in this long line of programs – and another example of the power of educational institutions to promote entrepreneurial innovation – is the new A. Masrin Center for Global Entrepreneurship and Family Business. Located at Thunderbird’s global headquarters, the center is named after the entrepreneurial father of respected Thunderbird alumnus Jimmy Masrin ’87, who is the President, Director and CEO of PT Caturkarsa Megatunggal based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
“In an era of accelerated change, family business owners and executives play an important role in promoting innovative and entrepreneurial solutions to the many challenges we are currently facing,” said Masrin. “I wanted to invest in family business and entrepreneurship at Thunderbird to build the much-needed bridges between communities of entrepreneurs and business leaders and to help us all better prepare for the fourth industrial revolution.”
Dr. Khagram explained that the A. Masrin Center differs from other universities’ entrepreneurship programs by a unique focus on two core principles: inclusion and a global mindset. “In a rapidly changing and transforming world, family businesses have the opportunity to play an important role in promoting innovation and economic resilience. The center will help us support these family businesses and entrepreneurs who advance our vision of sustainable and equitable prosperity. “
The fact that Thunderbird was selected to launch Global Entrepreneurship Week reflects the entrepreneurial ecosystem that the school and the City of Phoenix have worked hard on – an ecosystem that is enhanced through events like GEW and programs like Phoenix Global Rising and A. Masrin is strengthened center.
About the Thunderbird School of Global Management
Thunderbird School of Global Management is a unit of the Arizona State University Enterprise. For more than 70 years, Thunderbird has been the vanguard of global management and leadership education, creating inclusive and sustainable prosperity around the world by educating sustainable global leaders who are able to meet the world’s greatest challenges. Thunderbird’s Master of Global Management was ranked # 1 in the world by the Wall Street Journal / Times Higher Education in 2019. ASU is ranked No. 1 “Most Innovative School” in the country by US News & World Report for five consecutive years. To learn more, visit thunderbird.asu.edu.
Via Global Entrepreneurship Network
The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform with projects and programs in over 180 countries that are designed to make it easier for everyone, everywhere, to set up and scale a company. By promoting deeper cross-border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policy makers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN is working to promote a healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and fuel economic growth. Learn more about GEN at genglobal.org and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.
Further information on Global Entrepreneurship Week can be found at www.gew.co.
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