Overview & Key Dates

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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 2019  will be celebrated with more than 100 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 17 – August 18: Event submissions open
October 7 – GEWKC event calendar will launch and registration of events begins
November 18 – 22: Global Entrepreneurship Week


This year, HQ for #GEWKC will be held in the 18th and Vine District, a Kansas City historic icon of music and entrepreneurship. Read more about the new location (and why we're so excited about it).  



2019 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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The Tech Track is for fast-growing businesses that are leveraging technology to disrupt an industry. These businesses need resources and funding that moves as fast as they do.

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