GEC 2016


March 14 - 17, 2016


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About The GEC

What is the Global Entrepreneurship Congress?

Thanks in part to Global Entrepreneurship Week, an entrepreneurial ecosystem has started to take shape around the world, connecting people across borders to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality—in turn growing economies and expanding human welfare. To support the burgeoning initiative, the Kauffman Foundation brought together the host organizations from nearly 60 nations to create the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2009 at its headquarters in Kansas City.

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From Kansas City to Dubai, Shanghai to Liverpool, Moscow and Milan, the GEC has featured a wide variety of top-tier speakers.

Peter Vesterbacka
Rovio Entertainment Ltd.
Richard Branson
Virgin Group
Andrea Illy
Maria Contreras-Sweet
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
Kai-fu Lee
Innovation Works
Oskar Metsavaht
Martha Lane Fox
Brad Feld


Top news related to the GEC and GEW

Mar 19, 2015
Day three of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress followed up on yesterday’s focus on entrepreneurs during the Start + Scale Forum with a look at data and government involvement with the Research + Policy Summit. Jonathan Ortmans, chair of the...
Mar 18, 2015
Day two of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress kicked off this morning with the event’s official opening ceremony. Jonathan Ortmans, chair of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, called attention to the need for many different types of actors from...
Mar 17, 2015
The Global Entrepreneurship Network announced today that South Africa has earned the right to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in 2017. The bid was awarded to Johannesburg as part of the opening ceremony at GEC 2015 in Milan, Italy....