Rock Hill, SC – October 28, 2021 – The Gravity Center will celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) on November 8-14, and by hosting Build the Fort with author, angel investor and co-founder of MapQuest, Chris Heivly.

GEW is an international movement, powered by the Global Entrepreneurship Network with support from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, dedicated to making it possible for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a company.

“The closing of so many businesses and the loss of jobs brought on by COVID-19 has been a wake-up call for those of us in a position to help,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEN. “This Global Entrepreneurship Week, we are celebrating some of the world’s most creative, innovative, and resilient citizens – and supporting them to become part of a better, more sustainable and more equitable post-pandemic world.”

Each November, GEW celebrates and empowers millions of entrepreneurs in every country and community around the world – especially individuals who face barriers or who have never considered the idea of launching a startup. Globally, more than 10 million people take part in thousands of activities, competitions and events that inspire them to act and give them the knowledge, experience and connections they need to succeed. A record 180 countries will take part in GEW 2021.

“The Gravity Center is proud to join cities and countries around the world that are celebrating the ambition and passion of entrepreneurs. Having Chris Heivly visit on November 17th is a premier opportunity to hear from one of the world’s most respected entrepreneurs on how we can build a community that supports and encourages the growth of small business and startups,” said Hannah Horne, executive officer of the Gravity Center.

The Gravity Center Presents: Chris Heivly will take place at Brakefield at Riverwalk on November 17, 2021 at 10:30am. Chris’ interactive presentation will encourage entrepreneurs to start or scale their business based on a few simple lessons he learned while building forts as a kid. The event cost is $25, and includes a copy of Chris’ book, Build the Fort. Registration is online only at

To view a complete list of events, participating countries and organizations, or to learn more about Global Entrepreneurship Week, visit

Media Contact:
Hannah Horne, Executive Officer, The Gravity Center