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 explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. 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.
Pitch Fest is a Belligham-style Shark Tank where local early-stage startup companies vie for prizes and fame. Each startup has 5 minutes to pitch their business to a seasoned panel of startup-savvy judges and then survive 5 more minutes of grueling Q&A. After all of the teams have pitched, the judges will announce the Grand Prize Award.
Startup Challenge is an annual event held in Bellingham, WA for aspiring entrepreneurs to see if they have what it takes to make it in the startup world. This 54-hour challenge is a unique opportunity for the best and brightest local entrepreneurial talent to gather and work together over the course of an unforgettable weekend.