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)

5:00 pm

GEN ANNUAL MEETING CONCLUSION

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 PRESIDENT
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister, Department of Small Business Development, Government of South Africa

9:12 am

KEYNOTE ADDRESS
President Jacob Zuma, 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

 

RADICAL TRUST & THE ROLE OF BLOCKCHAIN IN THE FUTURE
Lisa Gansky, Author of "The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing"

10:15 am

ACCESS TO DATA: LEAPFROG OPPORTUNITIES FOR STARTUPS GLOBALLY

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

POWERING THE NEXT WAVE OF DIGITAL DISRUPTION 
Bill Liao, Founder, Coderdojo

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

THE IMPORTANCE OF 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)  

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

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

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINISTERIAL (invite only) (2 Hours)
U.S. Small Business Administration and the South African Ministry of Small Business Development

STARTUP ACCELERATORS: TRENDS & NICHES (2 Hours)
GEN New Zealand, GEN Egypt and the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network

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
Nexus

BASE OF THE PYRAMID TECHNOLOGIES: BETTER HEALTH, GROWTH AND NEW OPPORTUNITIES 
GEN Israel and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel

DESIGN THINKING + ENTREPRENEUR-CENTERED SOLUTIONS (2 Hours)
Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation

2:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS II

E-REGULATIONS
Global Enterprise Registration

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

MASTERCLASS: DIGITAL IMPACT
Facebook

3:00 pm

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

MASTERCLASS: MANAGING A GROWING BUSINESS
Daniel Isenberg, Founding Executive Director, Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project

AGRIBUSINESS WORKSHOP (2 Hours)
Industry Disruptors - Game Changers

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINISTERIAL (public session) (2 Hours)
U.S. Small Business Administration and the South African Ministry of Small Business Development

DESIGN THINKING + ENTREPRENEUR-CENTERED SOLUTIONS (2 Hours)
Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation

CITY PERFORMANCE (2 Hours)
Global Entrepreneurship Research Network 

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

NEXT GENERATION INVESTING (2 Hours)
Global Business Angels Network

DIGITAL DISRUPTION IN HEALTH CARE

4:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS IV

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

FINTECH STARTUPS
AlphaCode

GEN STARTUP COMMUNITY PLATFORMS AND PROGRAMS
Steven Rodriguez, Startup Community Manager, Global Entrepreneurship Network

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

GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINISTERIAL REPORT

Moderated by Rebeca Hwang, Managing Director, Rivet Ventures
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development, Government of South Africa
Ellen Olafsen, Global Product Specialist on Growth Entrepreneurship in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank

9:30 am

ENABLING DIGITAL DISRUPTION

Moderated by Donna Harris, GEN Global Board of Directors
Ebele Okobi, Public Policy Director for Africa, Facebook

10:15 am

DIGITAL DISRUPTION IN HEALTH CARE 
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

MENTORING
Ashish Thakkar, Founder, Mara Group (invited)

THE EARLY STAGE CAPITAL GAP
John 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)

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

FACEBOOK + INSTAGRAM TO GROW YOUR VENTURE
Facebook

WOMEN IN BUSINESSS
Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

PUBLIC - PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP (2 Hours)
Transnet

DESIGN THINKING AND ENTREPRENEUR-CENTERED SOLUTIONS (invite only) (2 Hours)
Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation

POLICY FACILITATION WORKSHOP  
Global Entrepreneurship Index 

MASTERCLASS: THE PSYCHOLOGY OF THE ENTREPRENEUR
Mindcette

EMPRETEC B2B MEETINGS (invite only)
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

NEXT GENERATION INVESTING (2 Hours)
Global Business Angels Network 

2:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS II

EMPRETEC SUMMIT IV  
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) 

BIG DATA AND ANALYTICS
Microsoft and ABSA

INDUSTRIAL INNOVATION 
Hollard Black Industrialists Programme 

ENTREPRENEURS' GLOBAL MOBILITY
Startup Nations

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION + THE ENTREPRENEUR'S MINDSET (2 Hours)
Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and Mindcette

3:00 pm

PARALLEL SESSIONS III

GEN PLATFORMS FOR STARTUP COMMUNITIES
Startup Huddle

SMART PROCUREMENT 
SOEPF, Transnet and Smart Procurement

TOWNSHIP ECONOMY IN A DIGITAL AGE
Gauteng Province (MEC)

THE NEW VISION FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AFRICA
GEN Africa

4:00 pm

FUTURE AGRO CHALLENGE: GLOBAL FINALS
Industry Disruptors/Game Changers

6:30 pm

CONCLUSION

 

THURSDAY

MARCH 16, 2016
(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