This week more than 35,000 events are taking place all over the world as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week – the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
These activities include everything from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings that connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors – introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. You can find a list of all events and activities in your neck of the woods here.
During this week millions of people who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Dell and Muhammad Yunus. Thousands of brand new startups spring to life through bootcamps like Startup Weekend and competitions like Startup Open. Hundreds of universities strengthen connections that help them commercialize research from their labs. Researchers and policymakers engage in discussions around the world to examine the underlying policies necessary to promote entrepreneurial growth. And serial entrepreneurs share their expertise through activities like EO24, run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and practical training courses like FastTrac.
Podio’s founders, like many startups came from humble beginnings in a Copenhagen basement – eventually launching in style through a pop-up store in San Francisco, March 2011. For a little nostalgia trip, check out co-founder Kasper Hulthin being interviewed by Hermione Way of The Next Web at the Podio Store here.
Almost two years on from being acquired by Citrix, Podio’s entrepreneurial spirit is alive and kicking – energized by fellow Citrix entrepreneurs like Sharefile’s Jesse Lipson and with Tommy Ahlers, former Podio CEO, taking up the role of Entrepreneur in Residence at Citrix. Watch Tommy talking about why it’s “easy” for people to start their own companies here.
What inspires us most of all these days is the entrepreneurial success of our very own community. Today, Podio is used by some of the most creative and innovative early stage companies in the world. Nothing makes us more happy that to know the product we built is helping to foster the future startup successes of the world, disrupting industries and solving real problems for real people.
Here are just a few of our favorite stories from Podio-using startups and entrepreneurs around the world:
Makeshift bring together a network of designers, researchers, journalists, photographers and videographers to tell stories from the global economic fringe for their online and print magazine. [Full story here]
Metonymy Media help their clients tell compelling stories using the written word, for anything from websites to pizza boxes! They began working on Podio when they were a team of just three staff and several interns, they’re now over ten employees strong and adding new clients and lines of work. [Full story here]
Drivr (previously known as Click A Taxi) started using Podio as a team of two co-founders. Now they’re growing everyday, launching around the world and disrupting the car-service industry. [Full story here]
We want Podio to be the platform for startup growth – it already has been for us and many more startups around the world.
We’d love to hear your startup story. What are you creating? What are you trying to change? And, how does Podio help you do it? Let us know with a comment.