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10 Reasons You Gotta Host Your Very Own Session at GEWKC 2022


Get ready to showcase your expertise and awesomeness during the biggest celebration of entrepreneurship—Global Entrepreneurship Week - Kansas City (aka #GEWKC).

GEWKC is Nov. 14-20 this year, but if you want to present, we'll need your session proposal by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. If you’re interested in throwing your hat (and talent and devotion and awesomeness) into the ring, don't wait: Submit your session now.  

This is the 15th year of everyone’s favorite celebration of the art, craft and splendor of business-making. It’s going to be better than ever but only with your help. If you need a bit more convincing, we got you:

Here are 10 reasons you should submit your session for Global Entrepreneurship Week - KC:


1. Reach the Entrepreneur Community

This is a prime opportunity to get your business in front of startups, investors, policymakers, established businesses and those interested in entrepreneurship.

2. KC Entrepreneurs Need YOU

We know your head and heart are jam-packed with knowledge and insight. Now more than ever, entrepreneurs need your expertise. One for all and all for one!

3. It’s Hassle-Free

You do the fun part (imagining your event and gathering your talent), and we’ll do the tactical stuff (getting a venue, setting the schedule and hosting your online event on Sched). It’s that easy.

4. Meet Like-Minded Business Pros

GEWKC is broken into five tracks: makers, artists and creators; startups, scalers (those looking to grow their business), inclusive community builders and youthpreneurs. You’re sure to make great connections.

5. Give Back to #startupKC

Someone helped you at one time or another. GEWKC is an easy way to give back and support the startup scene in Kansas City.

>>>We still have five more reasons, but if you’re ready, don’t wait. Submit your idea(s) now.

6. Be Part of the Entrepreneurship Celebration

Who doesn’t like to celebrate? After all, you’ve worked hard. Plus, we’re planning some big events, so you’ll be in great company.

7. Show Off Your Creativity

All ideas are welcomed and encouraged. Individual speakers and presenters, panels and workshops all work well. This is your chance to spice up the scene.

8. Add Your Voice to the Conversation around Entrepreneurship

What do Kansas City entrepreneurs need to pay attention to, learn or care about? Let us know. Better yet, let them know.

9. Bring Your Crew into the #startupKC Family

If you know folks who need to be involved in the entrepreneurial community but aren’t yet, #GEWKC is a great way to introduce them to the family.

10. It’s Gonna Be Fun!

Enough said.

It’s time to get the word out. Session proposals are due Aug. 28. If you know anyone who needs to be involved with GEWKC, share this blog post. And don’t hesitate to reach out with questions at this link.

Help us make Global Entrepreneurship Week KC great for 2022. We need you!

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