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The iLab Startup Foundation Named Community Organizer for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Miami/Dade County, Florida

Miami, Florida – Global Entrepreneurship Network announced a collection of individuals to serve as the community organizers to drive engagement in thousands of activities this November to help start and grow startups around the world. Known as Global Entrepreneurship Week, the large-scale campaign is active in 170 countries with roughly 9 million participants in 35,000 activities – ranging from small, casual meetups to massive events and competitions. This year, GEW will take place November 16th - 22nd.

Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland, will serve as the GEW Community Organizer for Miami/Dade County, Florida.

“The board members and partners at iLab Startup Foundation welcome the opportunity to collaborate with Global Entrepreneurship Network by supporting the Miami/Dade County startup community in planning this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020” said Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland, Executive Director of the iLab Startup Foundation.

The iLab Startup Foundation has already begun recruiting statewide Community Organizers to host events during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The state organizers tapped by GEN will encourage hundreds of organizations throughout their state to plan and conduct activities during GEW USA. They will also play a role in connecting those organizations and other key stakeholders to expand awareness and enable the participation of communities not traditionally engaged in entrepreneurial activity.

"Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week amplifies the great work being done to support entrepreneurs across the country while connecting them to more opportunities to start and scale in their own communities,” said Ellen Bateman, director for U.S. ecosystems at the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

The four global themes of GEW 2020 will focus on Ecosystems, Education, Inclusion and Policy. Event organizers are encouraged to consider these themes but have the flexibility to plan their activity as best they see fit to suit their individual communities needs and interests.

Organizations anywhere in the United States, that are interested in planning and conducting an activity, event or competition during Global Entrepreneurship Week should create a profile and add their event to the official list at

Any individuals or organizations interested in getting involved in any capacity can connect with Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland at

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About The iLab Startup Foundation ​The iLab Startup Foundation is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that connects the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem from early stage entrepreneurs, serial entrepreneurs, professionals at leading corporations, venture capital, angel investors, thought leaders among others. The organization emphasizes the spirit of giving in all aspects of their work.

Through a challenging and rigorous curriculum, we provide early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs with the structure, training, mentor support, and global network needed to start an enduring company. Many aspiring startups have used our program to transition from employee to entrepreneur, test their startup ideas, build a team, get their first customers, raise funding, and more. For more information visit:

About Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier entrepreneurship ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For more information visit:

Your Contact Information: Dr. Lascelle A. Sweetland, Email:

Phone: 954-290-2999

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