GEC 2016

Thank you, MedellÍn!

Stay tuned for speaker presentations, photos and video from the sessions.
And be sure to mark your calendars for the GEC 2017 in Johannesburg, March 13-17, 2017.

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About GEN and the GEC

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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
Bill Aulet
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Maria Contreras-Sweet
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
Juan Manuel Barrientos
El Cielo
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Claire Munck
Be Angels
William Shaw
Jerry Michalski
Stephen Ozoigbo
African Technology Foundation
Donna Harris
Elmira Bayrasli
Foreign Policy Interrupted
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Pablo Aquistapace
Cecilia Álvarez-Correa
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Government of ...
Ibrahim Alswidan
Small and Medium Enterprises Authority
Govindh Jayaraman


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