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Starting today, in 123 countries around the world, millions of current and aspiring entrepreneurs will kick off the third-annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2011, Nov. 14-20. More than 25,000 partner organizations will host 40,000 events in a week-long celebration that will drive awareness of and adoption for the world’s key economic driver – entrepreneurship.

“For one week each November, students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders and government officials come together to pursue one cause – to spread the power of entrepreneurship,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. “It’s during this time that we celebrate the innovators who bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.”

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

The initiative kicked off in 2008, launched by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Carl Schramm, the president and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Since then, it has grown to 115 countries—with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning more than 37,000 activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.

With so many new jobs in entrepreneurial economies coming from firms less than five years old, it is not surprising that leaders around the world are looking to reinvigorate their economies by focusing on ways to stimulate new firm formation. Global Entrepreneurship Week helps map the entrepreneurial ecosystem in those countries and enjoys the participation and support of presidents and prime ministers on every continent, including: President Barack Obama (US); Prime Minister David Cameron (UK); Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Israel); President Anibal Cavaco Silva (Portugal); Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Canada); President John Atta Mills (Ghana); and, numerous ministers focused on advancing economic growth.

But GEW is more than just an awareness campaign supported by world leaders and celebrity entrepreneurs. It is about unleashing ideas and doing what it takes to bring them to life—spotting opportunities, taking risks, solving problems, being creative, building connections and learning from both failure and success. It is about thinking big and making your mark on the world—doing good while doing well at the same time.

TiE Silicon Valley announced today that Sal Khan, Founder of the Khan Academy, will keynote the "Breakthrough Thinkers" series at TiEcon, the world's largest conference for entrepreneurs. TiEcon will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center, May 13-14. Each year, the conference brings together a diverse and dynamic group of leaders from business, technology, venture capital, and media for two days of education, inspiration, and networking.

"At the Khan Academy, the mission is to improve education by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere. TiE also embraces the mission of education, continually creating programs that educate and inspire entrepreneurs globally," says Vish Mishra, President of TiE Silicon Valley. "We are pleased that Sal Khan, such a young and inspiring entrepreneur, will be joining us for TiEcon this year," he continued.

Khan holds degrees in mathematics, electrical engineering and computer science from MIT and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He started the Khan Academy after he began tutoring his cousins online, and realized the need to spread knowledge on a larger scale. From a few algebra videos on YouTube in 2006, to what is now 2,100 videos and a library of exercises in mathematics, science, history (and expanding), the Khan Academy has become a global success, attracting users of all ages.

"I teach the way that I wish I was taught. The lectures are coming from me, an actual human being who is fascinated by the world around him," says Khan.

Khan has been praised for his teaching methods by Bill Gates, who has said "What Sal Khan has done is amazing. He's taken all this material and broken them down into little 12 minute lectures. I use it myself to remind myself of things [and] my children use it." The Khan Academy received the Microsoft Tech Award for education in 2009. With a long list of supporters, including Google and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Khan Foundation continues to grow and improve global access to quality education.

TiEcon 2011 will feature session tracks and keynote speeches focused on key market segments: Cloud, Mobile, Social, Energy and Life Sciences. Fifteen panel sessions will cover the hottest issues for industry participants, customers, and investors in these high profile industry sectors. Six Keynotes and Breakthrough Thinkers, representing the top of their industries, will share presentations and unique views on critical topics.

TiE 50, the 3rd annual awards program to recognize the "Top 50 Startup Companies," will be a prominent part of this year's TiEcon conference. Selected from thousands of nominations from all over the world, previous winners have gone on to achieve great success. (www.tie50.net)

Another attraction for this year includes an expanded TiEcon Innovation Expo which will bring startups, universities, and research labs of large companies to show their innovative products and technologies to TiEcon attendees. Innovative companies can register to showcase their products at www.tiecon.org/content/exhibit-expo

Register for TiEcon 2011 today by visiting www.tiecon.org. Best Price Registration (available until March 21st) starts at $295 for TiE members and $395 for non-members.

TiE is a global, not-for-profit, non-political, and non-religious organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurs across its international network sponsored by top Venture Capital Firms and Fortune 500 corporations. TiE is spread across 56 chapters in 13 countries comprising of 1,800 experienced entrepreneurs and business executives as charter members, 12,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and professionals as members.

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