Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)


Inaugurated as a Swiss association in 2017 GEN-Switzerland is the Swiss chapter of GEN-Global, domiciled in Solothurn. Its mission is to (1) help build and support a collaborative and dynamic ecosystem of entrepreneurs, investors, academia, civil society, media and politics in Switzerland and (2) establish a bridge between the Swiss ecosystem of entrepreneurs and the global network active in GEN-Global.

Virtual Opening Session of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2021:
 The future of Youth Entrepreneurship

Date & Time:November 2021, 13:30-14.30
GEN Switzerland Session Managers: Carsten Sudhoff
Youth entrepreneurship has the potential to contribute to economic and social development it can offer an opportunity to generate earnings through self-employment, and to create jobs for others, while stimulating innovation and building sustainable livelihoods. Representatives of main youth entrepreneurship programmes and young entrepreneurs benefiting from these initiatives in Switzerland  will shed light on how to reinforce the existing  enabling ecosystem for youth entrepreneurships development.  The cities of Geneva. Basel, Zurich, Lugano will share the highlights of their programme of GEW21.

Panelists will discuss the following questions:
·      Have successful young entrepreneurs in Switzerland received adequate support to start up and develop their business ideas?
·      How can youth entrepreneurship and innovation policies interact with each other?
·      What else can be done to develop the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Switzerland?
Expected outcomes:
·      Highlight best practice in youth entrepreneurship development
·      Suggest areas where cities, cantons and federal institutions can enhance collaboration
·      Connect GEN Switzerland with youth entrepreneurship development programmes
·      One short introduction by the moderator followed by a series of 10 min presentations
·      Named discussants will then have a formal opportunity to make their interventions of 5 minutes, reflecting on what has been said and bringing concrete examples from their standpoints
Speakers and discussants:
Moderator: Carsten Sudhoff, President GEN Switzerland
Prof. Rico J. Baldegger, Dean and Professor of Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Innovation  ,School of Management Fribourg (HEG-FR)
Ms. Alisée de Tonnac, CEO and Founder Seedstar, Alisée de Tonnac (
Mr. Alban Mayne, Co-Founder, Beauty Disrupted  
Representatives’ of GEW Geneva, Basel. Zurich, Lugano
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Background of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW)

During one week each November, GEW (hosted by GEN) 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 network gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors — introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. Global Entrepreneurship Week is not one single event —it is tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions across more than 170 countries.

GEW first entered Switzerland in 2010 in Geneva with one event. In 2018, GEW hosted over 50 individual events involving ca. 3500 individuals in Geneva in one week alone.

By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. GEN has a long track record in running relevant and impactful research.