Bermuda once again won the Champion Catalyser Compass Award at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday night.
The Award celebrates the country with the most Global Entrepreneurship Week [GEW] partners per capita. This is the fourth time that Bermuda has received the award since Bermuda began holding GEW in 2008.
The GEW Bermuda Host Committee accepted the award in front of Roberto Urbieta, President GEN [Global Entrepreneurship Network] Paraguay and Elaine Gold, Founder of GEN UK in front of delegates from 170 countries.
“This award celebrates the country which has capitalised on its entrepreneurial ecosystem and harnessed the support of the largest number of jurisdictional partners,” said Ewan Gaffney of GEN UK.
Speaking on behalf of the Bermuda Host Committee, Jamillah Lodge of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation said, “This win is a true testament to our commitment to, and unwavering support of, Bermuda’s remarkably enterprising start-ups and entrepreneurs.
“Since we joined this movement, Bermuda’s calendar has grown from a humble 5 events and 4 partners, turning the yearly GEW into a much-anticipated time of the year.”
This year, Bermuda held 46 events and that staggering success was celebrated at the Compass Awards ceremony.
Roberto Urbieta of GEN Paraguay, Maryem Biadillah Starling of the Department of ICT Policy and Innovation, Joe Mahoney of the Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative of Bermuda, Jamillah Lodge of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, and Elaine Gold of GEN UK
Every November, the GEW showcases how entrepreneurship significantly contributes to economic development globally. Throughout the month of November, the local Host Committee partners with public and private sector organisations to create a full schedule of events ranging from competitions to workshops, and a myriad of activities designed to stimulate creative solutions, jumpstart innovation and celebrate the local entrepreneurial spirit.
The Bermuda Host Committee is made up of the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation, the Department of ICT Policy and Innovation, and the Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative of Bermuda. Formed in 2008, the Host Committee strives to inspire the new generation of entrepreneurs and creative thinkers and celebrate home-grown entrepreneurship in its many forms.