GEC 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa

March 13-16, 2017.

Entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and policymakers from more than 160 countries
will gather in one of South Africa’s most innovative hubs — Johannesburg.

Meet South Africa

A Nation of Innovation

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Everything you need to know

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GEC 2017 Venue

Sandton Convention Centre

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About GEN and the GEC

One entrepreneurial ecosystem

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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 2017 will take place in the heartbeat of South Africa, in Johannesburg — a budding startup hub that is both an economic and cultural cornerstone of the country — which promises to build on the successes of previous years.

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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
Peter Vesterbacka
Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Bill Aulet
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Richard Branson
Virgin Group
Andrea Illy
Maria Contreras-Sweet
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
Stephen Ozoigbo
African Technology Foundation
Elmira Bayrasli
Foreign Policy Interrupted
Kai-fu Lee
Innovation Works
Oskar Metsavaht
Martha Lane Fox
Brad Feld


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