The GEC is an open, four-day conference that gathers all elements of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. At the heart of the Congress is a mix of large-scale plenary sessions for thousands of delegates and more intimate and in-depth parallel sessions conducted by leading global organizations helping entrepreneurs start and scale new businesses.

MONDAY

MARCH 13, 2017

8:30 am

REGISTRATION

9:00 am

GEN ANNUAL MEETING (invite only)

4:00 pm

REGIONAL MINISTERIAL ROUNDTABLE (invite only)

7:00 pm

GEC 2017 WELCOME RECEPTION

 

TUESDAY

MARCH 14, 2017

8:30 am

WELCOME TO THE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONGRESS
Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network and Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Congress

8:35 am

AFRICA WELCOMES THE WORLD TO JOHANNESBURG
Herman Mashaba, Mayor, City of Johannesburg

8:47 am

LIGHTNING ROUND: A NEW VISION FOR STARTUPS + CORPORATE INNOVATION

Representatives from some of South Africa’s leading corporations – including Absa, Transnet, Hollard
 and the Industrial Development Corporation – share how they are supporting and collaborating
with startups.  

9:07 am

INTRODUCTION OF THE DEPUTY PRESIDENT
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister, Department of Small Business Development, Government of South Africa

9:12 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Government of South Africa

9:25 am

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Presented by Kizito Okechukwu, Managing Director, GEN South Africa and Executive Head, SEA Africa

9:30 am

 

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: AN INTERVIEW WITH JABU MABUZA
Jabu Mabuza, Serial Entrepreneur and Chairman of Telkom SA

9:45 am

 

DIGITAL DISRUPTION + BUILDING ONE GLOBAL ECOSYSTEM
Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network and Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Congress

9:55 am

 

THE COMING WORLD OF STARTUPS
Rishi Jaitly, CEO, Times Global; former Twitter Vice-President for Asia Pacific, the Middle East and North Africa

10:15 am

ACCESS TO DATA: LEAPFROG OPPORTUNITIES FOR STARTUPS GLOBALLY

Moderated by Lesa Mitchell, Managing Director for Kansas City, Techstars
Arvind Gupta, Head & Co-Founder, Digital India Foundation
Shivani Shiroya, CEO & Founder, Tala
Ali Faramawy, President of Microsoft Middle East and Africa, Microsoft

11:15 am

GEC TALKS

UNLEASH THE LITTLE DISRUPTORS 
Bill Liao, Founder, Coderdojo

LOOKING BEYOND SILICON VALLEY
Victor Hwang, Vice President, Kauffman Foundation 

DRIVING GROWTH THROUGH SCALE-UP ECOSYSTEMS
Daniel Isenberg, Founding Executive Director, Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project

12:05 pm

LUNCH

1:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS I
(all sessions are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted  

MASTERCLASS: PRODUCT-MARKET FIT: THE FIRST KEY CHECKPOINT IN BUILDING SCALABLE STARTUPS 
Bob Dorf, Serial Entrepreneur & Author, "The Startup Owner's Manual"

DESIGN THINKING + ENTREPRENEUR-CENTERED SOLUTIONS (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation

GRADUATING AFRICA'S INFORMAL BUSINESSES TO THE FORMAL MARKET 
GEN Algeria, GEN Senegal, GEN Kenya and GEN Mozambique 

GLOBAL SME MINISTERIAL(invite only)
U.S. Small Business Administration and the South African Ministry of Small Business Development

STARTUP ACCELERATORS: TRENDS & NICHES (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
GEN New Zealand, GEN Egypt, Global Accelerator Learning Initiative (GALI), the World Bank, and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN)

DEEP-DIVING THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECOSYSTEM: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES 
SAB Foundation, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, the GEDI Institute and SEA Africa

INVESTING IN EMERGING MARKETS (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
Nexus

BASE OF THE PYRAMID TECHNOLOGIES: BETTER HEALTH, GROWTH AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
GEN Israel and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel

2:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS II
(all sessions are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted)

MASTERCLASS: DIGITAL IMPACT ON ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Facebook

THE GLOBAL SCALE-UP MOVEMENT
Global Entrepreneurship Network 

ECONOMIC + SOCIAL IMPACT OF ENTREPRENEURS MIGRATING FROM AFRICA
SEA Africa and Monash University

3:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS III
(all sessions are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted) 

MASTERCLASS: HOW TO SCALE-UP YOUR COMPANY
Daniel Isenberg, Founding Executive Director, Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project

DESIGN THINKING + ENTREPRENEUR-CENTERED SOLUTIONS (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation

GLOBAL SME MINISTERIAL (public session) (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
U.S. Small Business Administration and the South African Department of Small Business Development

CITY PERFORMANCE (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
Global Entrepreneurship Research Network 

TELLING AFRICAN YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP STORIES 
GEN South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Youngpreneur Media, CAYE and the Raymond Ackerman Foundation 

NEXT GENERATION INVESTING (1 Hour, 50 Minutes)
Global Business Angels Network

DIGITAL DISRUPTION IN HEALTH CARE

SMEs IN A DIGITAL AGE
South African Department for Business Development

4:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS IV
(all sessions are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted) 

MASTERCLASS: ENTREPRENEURIAL COACHING & CULTURE
Gil Oved, Co-Founder, Creative Counsel; Shark Tank

GEN STARTUP COMMUNITY PLATFORMS & PROGRAMS
Global Entrepreneurship Network

USING ALTERNATIVE DATA FOR FINANCIAL SERVICES
AlphaCode

EMBEDDING SUSTAINABILITY IN STARTUPS
Telkom & Transnet

5:00 pm

DAY 1 SESSIONS CONCLUDE

7:00 pm -
11:00 pm

GEN COMPASS AWARDS CEREMONY (invite only)

 

WEDNESDAY

MARCH 15, 2017

8:30 am

CALL TO ORDER
Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network and Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Congress

8:35 am

LEADING THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENTREPRENEURS
David Makhura, Premier, Gauteng

8:45 am

ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINISTERIAL REPORT

Moderated by Ellen Olafsen, Global Product Specialist on Growth Entrepreneurship in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development, Government of South Africa
Assane Mayaki, Former Prime Minister of Niger; CEO, New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

9:30 am

ENABLING DIGITAL DISRUPTION

Moderated by Donna Harris, GEN Global Board of Directors
Viljar Lubi, Deputy Secretary General, Economic Development, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications for Estonia
Elsie Kanza, Head of Africa, Member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum
Ebele Okobi, Public Policy Director for Africa, Facebook

10:15 am

DISRUPTION IN INSURANCE
Adrian Gore, Group Chief Executive, Discovery

10:30 am

NEXT GENERATION GLOBAL STARTUPS

Moderated by Chris Schroeder, Author, Startup Rising
Konstantin Berezin, CEO and Co-Founder, BrighTap, Winner of Startup Open 2016

11:15 am

 

GEC TALKS

BIG DATA OPPORTUNITIES FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, Statistics South Africa

THE EARLY STAGE CAPITAL GAP
Jon Medved, Founder and CEO, OurCrowd

MIDDLE EASTERN STARTUPS RISING
Chris Schroeder, Author, "Startup Rising"

THE FUTURE PATH FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURS
Jeff Hoffman, Serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Colorjar

12:05 pm

GEC 2018: FROM JOHANNESBURG TO ISTANBUL

Jonathan Ortmans, President, Global Entrepreneurship Network and Chair, Global Entrepreneurship Congress
Ali Sabanci, Founder and CEO, Pegasus Airlines
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development, Government of South Africa

12:15 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS I
(all sessions are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted)

FACEBOOK + INSTAGRAM TO GROW YOUR VENTURE
Facebook

DESIGN THINKING AND ENTREPRENEUR-CENTERED SOLUTIONS(invite only) (3 Hours)
Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation

WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) and United Nations Women

STARTUPS PROMOTING TECH SOLUTIONS FOR AFRICAN BUSINESSES
Microsoft and Telkom

STRATEGIES FOR SCALING A STARTUP
Endeavor, Shanduka Black, Umbrellas SiModisa and SAB 

ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION AND TRADE LOCALIZATION IN STATE-OWNED ENTERPRISES
Transnet

MASTERCLASS: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ENTREPRENEUR
Kelly Shaver, Founder, Mindcette

NEXT GENERATION INVESTING (4 Hours)
Global Business Angels Network 

E-REGULATIONS
Global Enterprise Registration

2:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS II
(all sessions are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted)

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Industrial Development Corporation

INNOVATION & FIRMS
World Bank

POLICIES FOR DIGITAL DISRUPTION
Microsoft

INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION 
Hollard Black Industrialists Programme 

TOWNSHIP ECONOMY IN A DIGITAL AGE
Gauteng Province (MEC)

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION + THE ENTREPRENEUR'S MINDSET (1 hour, 50 mins)
Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and Mindcette

EMPRETEC GLOBAL SUMMIT IV  (3 hours) *separate registration required
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 

3:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS III
(all sessions are 50 minutes unless otherwise noted) 

THE NEW VISION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AFRICA
GEN Africa

EO ACCELERATOR
Entrepreneurs' Organization

POLICY FACILITATION WORKSHOP  
Global Entrepreneurship Index 

SUSTAINABLE PROCUREMENT IN THE PUBLIC & PRIVATE SECTORS
SOEP and Transnet

FUTURE GLOBAL CITIES 

City of Johannesburg

4:00 pm

FUTURE AGRO CHALLENGE: GLOBAL FINALS
Industry Disruptors/Game Changers

STARTUP HUDDLE
Global Entrepreneurship Network

6:30 pm

CONCLUSION

 

THURSDAY

MARCH 16, 2017

(Thursday sessions are intended for GEN delegates only)

10:00 am

GEN ANNUAL MEETING BREAKOUTS 

5:45 pm

GEN ANNUAL MEETING CONCLUSION

7:00 pm

 

GEC 2017 CLOSING DINNER

 

FRIDAY -
SATURDAY

MARCH 17-19, 2017

(By invitation only)

 

GEC+ CAPE TOWN: ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET IN ACTION