SOURCE: Kauffman Foundation

November 13, 2008 08:45 ET

California Governor to Launch Global Celebration

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Joins With Kauffman Foundation to Kick Off Global Entrepreneurship Week

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 13, 2008) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will kick off the U.S. observance of the first-ever Global Entrepreneurship Week celebration at the Governor's Conference on Small Business & Entrepreneurship, to be held on November 18 - 19.

Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 17 - 23, will feature hundreds of youth-oriented activities in more than 75 participating countries. The Week is designed to connect millions of young people to each other and to educators, entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and others via social networking as well as face-to-face encounters.

"I am honored to launch Global Entrepreneurship Week from California, bringing together more than 75 countries in a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit that is so strong here in our great state," said Governor Schwarzenegger. "California's pivotal role in the global economy is made possible by our state's innovation and ingenuity -- and Global Entrepreneurship Week is an important part of recognizing the individuals and businesses who will help lead our economy into the future."

In the United States, Gov. Schwarzenegger will help kick off Global Entrepreneurship Week in Los Angeles at his Governor's Conference on Small Business & Entrepreneurship. Policy recommendations developed at the conference will be presented to the Governor for consideration as part of his small business agenda.

Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Kauffman Foundation are official sponsors of The Governor's Conference on Small Business & Entrepreneurship.

"We are honored that Gov. Schwarzenegger has joined our international effort and are looking forward to kicking off this unprecedented event with him," said Schramm. "The goal of the Week is to engage young people across national boundaries and inspire the entrepreneurial urge of the next generation. Gov. Schwarzenegger is an ideal role model for these young, aspiring entrepreneurs."

Global Entrepreneurship Week is co-founded by the Kauffman Foundation in the United States and Make Your Mark in the United Kingdom. The two organizations are spearheading this global effort to stimulate entrepreneurial activity by the world's youth, because the fresh thinking of a new generation is vital to reversing the current global economic malaise.

To learn more about the Week, visit, and to learn more about the Governor's Conference, visit

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

With the goal to inspire young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality, and make their mark. From Nov. 17-23, 2008, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Thousands of activities are being planned in more than 75 countries around the world. Global Entrepreneurship Week is: founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign; sponsored by NYSE Euronext, IBM and Ernst & Young; and, supported by JA Worldwide, Endeavor, Entrepreneurs' Organization, DECA, YPO-WPO, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Young Americas Business Trust, YES - European Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs, Department for Business Enterprise & Regulatory Reform, AIESEC, Youth Employment Services, The Prince's Youth Business International. To view a complete list of participating countries and organizations or to learn more, visit

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