1-4 MAY 2023 |

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The world’s entrepreneurial landscape is shifting, yet again.

People are more closely linked than any other time in history, sharing concerns about health, economic uncertainty and geopolitical disruption. Hopes of a return to consistent, predictable growth, and daily life as we knew it, will not be met any time soon.

But these are the conditions under which entrepreneurs thrive. Risk, disruption and unpredictable markets are part of the DNA of quick-thinking value-creators who make big, calculated bets to solve even bigger problems.

All this points in one direction –

Forward

Vibrant, scalable, and high-performing startup ecosystems have the power to transform global ecosystems, infrastructure and communities. It’s time to build sustainable, resilient connections between entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and community leaders from across the world.

Join thousands of voices from 200+ countries in May for GEC 2023: Transform Your World. Together, we’re kick-starting a new era of vision-casting, collaboration and collective action to solve global challenges, create long-lasting growth and make people’s daily lives better.

Building one global entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is a gathering of startup champions from around the world – where entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem builders, policymakers, researchers and others share ideas and work together to bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network in a different rising entrepreneurial city each year, the Congress fosters collaboration among thousands of delegates from 200 countries to identify, strengthen and share innovative approaches to empowering entrepreneurs in a post-pandemic world.

For additional details for the next Global Entrepreneurship Congress, visit genglobal.org

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What is the Global Entrepreneurship Congress?

A global entrepreneurial revolution has taken hold and continues to grow – building a shared engine of innovation and economic growth in cities and countries everywhere. Investments into earlystage and growth-stage companies are reaching new highs while total value creation of the global startup economy reached $2.3 trillion over the last three years. This revolution is not only happening in mature startup hubs like Silicon Valley, London and Shanghai – it is happening in thousands of emerging ecosystems around the world. Places like Melbourne, Medellin and Milan are investing heavily in entrepreneurs to lead their next-generation economy.

Hosted in a different rising entrepreneurial city each year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress convenes thousands of delegates to share and strengthen new approaches to empower entrepreneurs and increase innovation over a four-day program.

Thought leaders challenge the status quo and rethink stale approaches. Government officials explore public policies that remove barriers to new firm formation. Academics share performance data about entrepreneurship programs and the ecosystems that support them. Founders share new business models and connect with experienced mentors and investors who help them scale. All attendees make invaluable connections, growing their footprint in entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems around the world.

Impact: Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress was designed to build one global ecosystem – creating a community for entrepreneurs and those that support them. It strengthens and connects local and national ecosystems venturing beyond simple matchmaking and deal flow to broker trust and collaboration.

The GEC also brings an astounding level of human capital and global resources from 200 countries to one place – connecting local entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem builders with their global counterparts.

As a result, the GEC:

  1. Spotlights the world’s highest performing startup, scale up and innovation programs.
  2. Leverages a common value creation culture to identify shared challenges and opportunities between innovation ecosystems.
  3. Enhances the institutional capacity of entrepreneur support programs through knowledge transfer and global connectivity.
  4. Identifies highly effective government policies to enhance the performance of its entrepreneurs, investors and support systems.
  5. Enables cities and countries to precisely benchmark ecosystem performance by identifying important indicators and highlighting the latest data-driven efforts to measure growth.
  6. Provides a unique platform for entrepreneurs to promote their ideas, products, and services.
  7. Demonstrates the vibrancy of the local ecosystem and its potential as an innovation hub for the region and the world. 

 

The GEC brings upwards of $30 million in economic value to the local economy. It also leads to major legacy projects like 22 on Sloane, which at 10,000 square meters, is the largest startup campus in Africa. But the real impact lies in the indirect, intangible, and long-term developments that cities and countries experience over many years after the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

About our host, GEN. 

Reboot. Rethink. Regenerate.

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