This week is a very special time for entrepreneurs and investors because this week marks not only the opening of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meeting, which the Philippines is hosting, but also the launching of the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).

GEW is celebrated every third week of November and aims to recognize entrepreneurs and their contributions to society, as well as inspire people from all walks of life to consider entrepreneurship as one way to become financially independent.

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YES has been doing its share in expanding the startup community by raising the standard of competitiveness among local startups. Last Aug. 8, YES in partnership with Ye! Group of Netherlands successfully launched the Startup Summit, which showcased national startup competition where the top 10 winners were awarded scholarship training to Amsterdam. This December, YES is also hosting the national finals competition for USA-based 1776 Challenge Cup where the winner will represent the Philippines to regional finals in Seoul, Korea. This year’s GEW campaign would not be successful without the generous support of YES partners namely Joe Maristela of, Juan Paolo dela Vega and Jenn Lim of YES National, Matt Jaeggi and Ces Rondario of Impact Hub Manila, and all the members and officers of YES chapters.