Minister lends his support to week for entrepreneurs

DROPPING IN Andrew Devenport, CEO of Global Entrepreneurship Week
DROPPING IN Andrew Devenport, CEO of Global Entrepreneurship Week
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THE team behind Portsmouth’s biggest participation in Global Entrepreneurs Week have taken their message directly to the government.

More than 1,200 people have signed up to attend 76 activities during the week, working with 36 businesses, organisations and education institutions to help those thinking about starting up in business or wanting to find out how best to grow.

Shena Mitchell, of volunteer event organisers Entrepreneurs Unite, said the team was invited to London for a breakfast meeting with business minister Vince Cable before the events kicked off properly.

She said: ‘We are all so excited about the week – having spent months preparing and planning we want it to be a huge success.’

The team has also announced Andrew Devenport, chief executive of Global Entrepreneurship Week, will be visiting the city on Friday for its flagship events, Solent Innovation’s Dragons’ Den-style Pitch and Win event, and its Business Angels conference.

He said: ‘Setting up a business is a great employment opportunity for many people who have the talent, but lack the means or the confidence to progress their ideas.

‘I would encourage anyone with a business or business idea to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week and find out what support is available to help them take a step forward.

To find out how you can get involved or register for one of the many events, visit