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Global Entrepreneurship Week Begins in Iceland

By Iceland Review

November 16-22 is Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), held in more than 100 countries around the world, including Iceland. The goal is to raise awareness of the value of innovation and entrepreneurship for society.

The GEW kicks off tomorrow when the country’s mayors, ministers, chairpersons of political parties, entrepreneurs and journalists are given an entrepreneurial elastic band, Fréttabladid reports.

First in line is Minister of Industry Katrín Júlíusdóttir. The candidates must place the elastic bands on their wrists and then execute something that they’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Afterwards, they will pass it on to someone else.

Each project should be registered to the website athafnateygjan.is, where the process of each elastic band can be monitored.

Innovation Center Iceland is organizing a varied program with 80 events across the country, as it says on GEW Iceland’s official website.

On November 17, the center has an open house at its headquarters in Keldnaholt, 112 Reykjavík, for those who are eager to discuss their business ideas and to be consulted on the establishment of companies—or just want to drop by for a visit.

On November 19, innovators and entrepreneurs will talk about their experiences at the café Súfistinn on Laugavegur in Reykjavík. Outside the capital region, open meetings will be held in Saudárkrókur, Blönduós and Hvammstangi.

In Akureyri, the local innovation center will host events every day next week at the library’s Amts-café. On November 19, presentations and consultancy sessions will take place at Ketilhúsid Cultural Center in Kaupvangsstraeti.

In the Westman Islands, the local Fab Lab innovation center will inspire inhabitants and in Höfn an osmosis experiment will take place—osmosis power plants could be Iceland’s future in energy harnessing.

Click here to read more about the program (in Icelandic).

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