Overview & Key Dates

GEWKC Overview

What is GEW?

Global Entrepreneurship Week is an international celebration of the makers, innovators and job creators who launch startups and bring ideas to life. Founded by the Kauffman Foundation in 2008, it has since expanded to more than 160 countries. Here in KC, #GEWKC 2018 will be celebrated with more than 170 events and thousands of attendees.


Innovation drives economic growth and changes lives—and it’s our entrepreneurs who bring those innovations to life. To move those innovations takes some serious gumption and the right team of founders, funders, designers, managers, developers, marketers, sales leaders, makers and resources.

GEWKC is where connections happen and teams come together to get inspired, prepare for the next challenge and celebrate Kansas City entrepreneurship.

Key Dates

June 15 – August 31: Event submissions open
October 1 – GEWKC event calendar will launch and registration of events begins
November 12 – 16: GEW


This year, HQ for #GEWKC is at Plexpod Westport Commons, your basecamp for all things Global Entrepreneurship Week. You'll find our headline events, meet and greets, breakout workshops and even delectable local treats all right here, and all for free.

Plexpod is a coworking platform offering workspace for entrepreneurs, startups and growth-stage companies of all sizes. In addition to providing desks, offices, team spaces and meeting rooms, Plexpod features resources, like soundstage and photography studios, performance and event spaces, cafes and kitchens, fitness and gaming, sport court and dance studio, as well as outdoor spaces. Rent small, medium or large meeting rooms by the hour (starting at $35, $45, $65 respectively). Email info@plexpod.com or visit the front desk to book your private space.

Take a gander at this awesome and state-of-the-art coworking space and be sure to clear your calendar for that third week in November.



2018 GEWKC Event Tracks


Makers and Creators

The Makers and Creators Track is a haven of inspiration and education for anyone who makes or creates—brewers, distillers, bakers, inventors, crafters. If you don’t think you fit the mold of a typical entrepreneurs—think again! We’ve “made” a track just for you.

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The Startups Track is for those who are looking to dip their toes into a new business venture or who are up and running yet still need help navigating business ownership.



The Scalers Track is for business that have survived the startup phase, but have not yet reached maturity. These business owners are eager to grow their businesses.

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Social Enterprises

The Social Enterprise Track is for businesses that want to maximize their business for social and environment well-being as well as profits.

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