London/New York/Brisbane, November 17th., 2008. Today Winweb launches it’s long anticipated ‘Business’09 – Win £10,000‘ campaign for small business and pre-entrepreneurs. The launch coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week and Enterprise Week 2008. The finalists and winners will be announced during the same events next year.
WinWeb makes it’s own 15th anniversary celebration into a ‘start and run your own small business celebration’, honoring individuals and small business owners, who have the courage to turn their dreams into reality.
‘We are recognizing the fact that small business makes up to 95 % of all businesses worldwide, generates over 50 % of GDP, a staggering 60 % of all innovations and have a long lasting positive impact on local communities world wide’, says Stefan Töpfer, CEO of WinWeb.
The questions asked in the competition will provide an inside to entrepreneurs thinking prior to and after launching a small business. These findings will be published in a separate report later next year. Especially in these times of economic downturn it is essential to understand the motivation of ‘would be small business owners’, to foster an environment in which small business can flourish.
Encouraging small business owners and budding entrepreneurs with the inside that starting a small business often does not need money, but primarily time, is another way by which the campaign hopes to help in the creation of new small businesses.
WinWeb enlists the help of a high caliber panel chaired by Professor Ian Angell of the London School of Economics(LSE) along with media and small business professionals from Europe, the United States and Australia. WinWeb encourages media and new media, especially bloggers, to support the campaign and to help make it a success and reach WinWeb’s goal of starting a minimum of a 1000 small business during the next twelve months. The independent panel will report in on the final number of small business startups during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2009.
‘If our joint efforts would bring about the creation of only 1000 new small businesses worldwide, and I believe we can start many more, then this campaign will have been a great success for all involved, so we ask for as much support as possible. I would love to see this campaign to go viral, to maximize the benefits to society as a whole. This is our Unleash It! Challenge during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008’, says Stefan Töpfer. Details, on how to get involved, can be found on the campaign website under ‘Support Us.’
WinWeb was founded in 1994 by Stefan Töpfer and has become the leading provider of on-demand online software (SaaS) and real business services to the 1 to 10 people SOHO and Micro Business Market. Based on WinWeb’s OnlineOffice, the Small Business Infrastructure has provided hundreds of thousands entrepreneurs with an micro business eco-system. This enables the micro business owner to access professional services on a time-shared basis for ad-hoc, projects, short-term or long-term demand, enhancing the businesses competitiveness and productivity, while keeping cost down and variable. This greatly enhances long-term survival of micro businesses.
Media Contact: Mr. Simon Robinsons of Farm Street Communications, London, U.K.
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