GEW Comes to Myanmar
Brenden Chaney @brendenchaney
Nov 07, 2012
Project Hub Yangon is bringing Global Entrepreneurship Week to Myanmar for the first time. With the support of the European Union and SPA Myanmar Group, Project Hub Yangon will be running a series of events in Yangon throughout Global Entrepreneurship Week to put Myanmar’s entrepreneurs on map. Andreas List, the Head of the EU Office in Myanmar says, "Small businesses create jobs. This is why the EU Office in Myanmar sees the Global Entrepreneurship Week as a fantastic opportunity. Myanmar shall become the next tiger economy. We are excited by the entrepreneurial spirit of the Myanmar people. We see a great potential for sustainable development by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses here."
The headline event will be a business ideas competition called “StartUp Cup”, which will see Myanmar’s entrepreneurs form teams, brainstorm business ideas, receive training and mentorship, and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges to compete for a cash prize. Project Hub Yangon has brought together a group of high-profile mentors and judges from Myanmar’s business community to share their insights with Myanmar’s entrepreneurs, and to help promote the idea of starting businesses.
A Social Enterprise Exposition will be held on 11 November from 2-5pm at the Grand Mee Ya Hta Hotel. Allison Morris, Co-Founder of Project Hub Yangon explains, “Social enterprises are business that directly address social needs, but which are not NGOs. Myanmar has a growing range of social enterprises that need to be highlighted and celebrated during Global Entrepreneurship Week. We’ve made this event open to the public so that it will provide an opportunity for people to come and see what Myanmar’s social enterprises have to offer and meet the inspirational people who run them.”