Curaçao’s history has always been connected to trade. Speaking many languages, the island of Curaçao can be considered a hub for entrepreneurs from all around the world to do business.

The people of Curaçao are very creative at being entrepreneurial. From the fisherman selling the catch of the day on a busy street to the account manager living up to her promises at a bank in the offshore field: Entrepreneurship is simply part of our island’s life.

We are very proud to announce that the Caribbean island of Curaçao now forms part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week.

We hope to see you at one or more of our events.

For more information, visit the international website here.

What is Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Global Entrepreneurship Week is 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 take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Meanwhile, world leaders and local elected officials alike have embraced the campaign as they look to fuel the economic engine of high-growth startups in their own countries and communities. During 2013 alone, 126 heads of state and ministers from 69 countries participated by speaking at activities during the Week, filming statements of support or otherwise endorsing the national campaigns in their countries. The initiative launched in 2008 and has quickly grown to more than 140 countries with national campaigns hosted by a range of organizations that reach new audiences, test intervention methodologies and strengthen their entrepreneurial ecosystems—giving rise to the next generation of entrepreneurs and empowering them to make their mark on the world.

Why should you plan or schedule an activity during Global Entrepreneurship Week?

By hosting an event or activity during Global Entrepreneurship Week you have a positive—and potentially life-changing—impact on aspiring and nascent entrepreneurs, moving them along the spectrum from simply having idea to actually launching a startup. In addition, these activities help recognize and celebrate the contributions made to your community by local entrepreneurs.

More directly, planning one or more events during GEW also has some tangible benefits for you and your organization:

  • Raise awareness of your organization and gain recognition for the work you do throughout the year.
  • Reach new audiences within your community, potentially identifying talented volunteers or even new employees.
  • Enhance your leadership profile within the entrepreneurial ecosystem of your city, state, region or country.
  • Strengthen connections with existing supporters and sponsors by providing them with more visibility for them.

Who can get involved in Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Anybody. Anywhere. Anytime. Organizations can get involved in a variety of capacitiesplanning events and activities as a local partner or even coordinating the initiative for an entire country as a GEW host. Individuals interested in exploring their entrepreneurial potential can find a broad array of activities—from local events to global competitions. Entrepreneurs and investors can share their ideas and experiences—face-to-face or online. How you get involved is up to you. If you want a little guidance, connect with us.


Keynote speakers

Jeff Hoffman

Curriculum vitae

Thaninga Shope

Curriculum vitae

Register here for free workshops on 15-11-2016


  • 14 NovOfficial opening GEW Curaçao 2016. Keynote speaker by Mrs. Thaninga Shope-Linney, Ambassador for South Africa in Venezuela and Colombia.
  • 15 NovWORKSHOP 1 Discover Your Business Purpose! “Creating your Plan based on “a Calling”
    WORKSHOP 2 “Get the Best Business Tools Here, and Start NOW! Rochelle Monte and Sumaya Elhage of the “Curaçao Development
    LUNCH KEYNOTE SPEAKER ‘Jeff Hoffman’ Topic: The Entrepreneur’s Key to Success
    WORKSHOP 3 “The POWER of your USP in your Business Model”
  • 16 Nov Graduation ceremony for 1,000 elementary school students of Junior Achievement program.
    Pitch competition/social event for high school, college and university students of the Junior Achievement program and entrepreneurs. In cooperation with partner “Economen Platform Curaçao”
  • 17 Nov GEW Bonaire activity
  • 18 Nov GEW Bonaire activity
  • 19 Nov Tradeshow & exhibition by GEW partner “Made in Curaçao” in Marshe Nobo Punda.
  • 20 Nov Closing Global Entrepreneurship Week Curaçao 2016
for all details on events download the full schedule