GEC 2016


March 14 - 17, 2016


Attending the GEC?

See the sessions and topics

Read more

Finding Your Way

Explore logistical information

Read more

About the GEC

Building one global ecosystem

Visit our YouTube Channel

Meet the Unexpected

Learn more about Medellin

Read more

About The GEC

What is the Global Entrepreneurship Congress?

Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 160 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills.

GEC 2016 will take place in an unexpected city where “The Business of Next” is a way of thinking that has radically changed a whole community. Medellín—a burgeoning startup hub that has been called by some the most innovative city in the world—promises to build on the successes of previous years.

Get the History


The GEC attracts speakers and delegates from all parts of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in 160+ countries -- entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and support organizations dedicated to helping new businesses start and scale.

Federico Gutierrez
City of Medellín
Bill Aulet
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Maria Contreras-Sweet
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
Juan Manuel Barrientos
El Cielo
Lindiwe Zulu
Government of South Africa
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Claire Munck
Be Angels
William Shaw
Pablo Aquistapace
Jerry Michalski
Donna Harris
Marcelo Cabrol
Inter-American Development Bank
Marc Nager
Elmira Bayrasli
Foreign Policy Interrupted
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Federica Guidi
Italian Ministry of Economic Development


Top news related to the GEC and GEW

Feb 9, 2016
This year the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) is organizing its third Global Empretec Summit, which is a gathering of entrepreneurs from around the world, including graduates from UNCTAD's Empretec program and directors...
Feb 8, 2016
The Global Entrepreneurship Network, ANDI and their partners hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Medellin are aware of the recent media reports about the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus in South America. The World Health...
Feb 5, 2016
In the approach to the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network annual meeting, GERN has sought to explore important entrepreneurship research themes, particularly those around unaddressed – or less than thoroughly addressed – questions about...