Global Entrepreneurship Week: Highlights from Emerge 2015

Posted on: 19 November 2015

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It is currently Global Entrepreneurship Week, a celebration of the ideas, leadership and potential of entrepreneurs around the world. It seems fitting that we use this time to showcase the highlights from Emerge 2015, which took place at the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, on 7-8th November.

This year, Emerge – co-designed by Student Hubs and the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship – brought together over 550 people and 60 organisations interested in, and actively creating, positive change through social entrepreneurship and innovation. Across the weekend, 68 speakers facilitated 27 sessions on topics ranging from the definition of a “good leader” to the art and science of effective storytelling.

The keynote speeches were given by Sir Tim Smit, Executive Vice-Chairman and Co-Founder of the Eden Project; James Brett, Founder of Plant for Peace; and Melissa Fleming, Head of Communications and Chief Spokesperson at UNHCR. Other notable sessions included a workshop on Human Centred Design, led by the team at frog, and a masterclass from Professor Jack Sim, Founder of the World Toilet Organisation, on using emotion to generate transformational change.

Offline and online conversations connected participants from across the globe, with over 1,950 tweets reaching more than 1.7 million Twitter users. To catch up with the action, read the latest from Ellie Ward at Pioneers Post and take a look at our Storify:


If you’d like to find out more about similar events in future, sign up to the newsletter at the Emerge website, follow Emerge on Twitter and like the Facebook page. Keep up to date with Global Entrepreneurship Week activities using #GEW2015.

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Did you attend Emerge this year? If so, let us know your personal highlight by commenting below.

Molly Whyte

Molly is currently the Communications Officer at Student Hubs as part of the Worthwhile Graduate Scheme. Alongside youth social action, she is interested in the arts, culture and education. Find her on Twitter: @molly_whyte.

Tags: Social Enterprise

One comment on “Global Entrepreneurship Week: Highlights from Emerge 2015”

  1. Jide Alao says:

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