Contact: Jessica Edwards, Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem



Southern Virginia to showcase our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Dan River Region, Va. (November 8, 2022) — Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is an international movement – powered by thousands of partner organizations dedicated to making it possible for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a company.

GEW 2022 will be celebrated from November 14 – 20, 2022, with national campaigns in 180 countries – engaging millions of participants in activities.

For the third consecutive year, Southern Virginia will be participating in the movement to showcase our local entrepreneurial spirit and activity.

As official community organizer, the Dan River Region Entrepreneur Ecosystem has been collaborating with several Entrepreneur Support Organizations (ESOs) including: SOVA Innovation Hub, Danville Community College, Longwood Small Business Development Center,
The Launch Place, and Averett University to celebrate and highlight the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem. With a focus on high quality programming, and expanding the footprint across Southern Virginia, this third year with GEW will again have very strong representation across several communities.

The exciting week of events will include the 3rd Annual Ecosystem Builder & Community Organizer Meetup, which provides the opportunity for those who support entrepreneurs from across the Commonwealth to share insights and connect with colleagues outside of their own area.

Additionally, youth entrepreneurship will continue to be a very big highlight this year. Danville Community College (DCC) along with their education partners will be hosting the Student Entrepreneurs: Small Business Idea Fair. The program will take place on November 15th, with
participation from regional middle and high schools to DCC’s business students. They will all be pitching their small business ideas to a panel of expert judges. Alongside the invaluable feedback the students will be receiving, there will also be technology prizes awarded to help
them learn and grow their business acumen.

“Danville Community College is proud to partner with the Dan River Entrepreneur Ecosystem to host the Idea Fair during Global Entrepreneur Week,” said Dr. Jerry Wallace, president of Danville Community College. “Giving young minds a platform to showcase their original entrepreneurial ideas supports our mission to foster economic growth, to inspire students to dream big, and to educate our community about entrepreneurship.”

The well rounded schedule represents the talent and potential of our rural entrepreneurial ecosystem. There is engagement and enthusiasm, from student entrepreneurs to ecosystem builders, coming together to participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week.

So come join and share the events in efforts to help celebrate and support our local entrepreneurs! Full Schedule of events can be viewed here, and, all GEW 2022 event updates can be found on the DRREE Facebook page:

Since early 2014, The Dan River Region (DRR) has been intentionally building its entrepreneurial ecosystem, in order to create pathways to push momentum forward, break down silos and facilitate opportunities for entrepreneurs across the region to collide in new and innovative ways. DRREE is funded by the Danville Regional Foundation.

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