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Dell is title sponsor for community-led event with more than 100 sessions to be held Nov. 7-12

Held in locations across the world, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) celebrates the innovators and job creators who bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and improve human welfare with about 35,000 event taking place in 180 countries. In the U.S. alone, nearly 5,000 events, activities and competitions are planned in all 50 states.

GEW Fort Worth, sponsored by Dell Technologies, tells the stories of local entrepreneurs, provides a platform for them to connect and helps people understand the importance of entrepreneurship in our communities. This year’s GEW Fort Worth, held in collaboration with The DEC Network, will take place with in-person and virtual speakers, panels, showcases and networking sessions from Nov. 7-12. Registration is now open for the series of events.

In 2020, GEW FW, held completely virtually, was the largest event held in the United States with 93 sessions and 140 speakers. Local businesses, incubators and community organizations create and run all of the events in GEW. These events provide an influx of new ideas, the latest technologies and discoveries from around the world that business owners, business leaders and city officials can leverage for the betterment of the Fort Worth area.

Highlights of the week include:

  • GEW Fort Worth 2021 Kick Off Party, which will be held in person at Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7
  • State of Entrepreneurship Luncheon featuring Keynote Speaker Ian Hathaway, an investor, strategic advisor, data scientist and writer with expertise in technology startups, entrepreneurship and venture capital. Hathaway currently leads investment analytics at Techstars and is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and a board member and senior fellow at the Center for American Entrepreneurship. The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9.
  • C1 Innovation Labs – Payer Perspectives for Startups: Perfecting the Pitch, which will feature leaders from the C1 Innovation Lab of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas for a discussion about the U.S. healthcare system, how to collaborate successfully with health payers, and needs for innovation as we seek to create better health for our communities, virtually at noon Nov. 11.
  • University of Texas Arlington events held throughout the week including Funding Options for New Ventures, Making Sense of Accelerators, Incubators, Coworking & Competitions, and Decision Points: Lifestyle vs. High Growth Companies
  • Innovate Fort Worth Podcasts featuring Mike Berry, Benjamin Vann, Pam Cannell and others

GEW Fort Worth offers five tracks for attendees with different interests: Founders, for those thinking of starting their own business or seasoned entrepreneurs; Investment, which will highlight different investment models and legal aspects of investment deals; Growth, which will specifically address marketing and its challenges; Connecting, for those who want to network during the event; and Knowledge, which will keep attendees up to speed on emerging trends in business and technologies.

“Our goal with GEW Fort Worth is to inspire innovators to engage in entrepreneurship and connect them to their peers, mentors and even investors,” said Meghan Wright, lead organizer of GEW Fort Worth.

Sponsors for GEW Fort Worth are Dell Technologies, C1 Innovation Labs, Frost Bank, Facebook, Faith Driven Entrepreneurs, RSM US LLP, KOTRA/Bisang Global, Fort Worth Chamber, Greater Arlington Chamber of Commerce and First Financial.

For information about sessions, which is being updated weekly, or to register, go to

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is a collection of tens of thousands of events, activities and competitions each November that inspire millions to explore their potential as an entrepreneur while fostering connections and increasing collaboration within their ecosystems.

Diversity is a driver of innovation and economies suffer if a nation or group of people are underrepresented or face structural barriers – the world needs more entrepreneurs. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 180+ nations since its launch in 2008 with 20,000 partner organizations now serving as GEW ’s community-building backbone. In the United States, nearly 5,000 events, activities and competitions are planned across all 50 states by colleges and universities, entrepreneurial support organizations, government agencies, economic development groups and more. Locally, Global Entrepreneurship Week is a simple way to support and connect the Fort Worth/Tarrant County entrepreneurial ecosystem to the wider community of entrepreneurs and business leaders nationally and around the world.