With an expected 5,000 delegates from across the African continent and around the world, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, this March, is an opportunity for both budding and experienced entrepreneurs to network with startup ecosystem leaders, potential investors and other entrepreneurs.
Through a variety of in-depth sessions and practical masterclasses, experienced entrepreneurs and experts will lead relevant discussions from how to use social media for business marketing, to how to successfully scale your company.
With the overarching theme of digital disruption, GEC 2017 gives entrepreneurs a look at how technological advances are revolutionizing their own industries, and a way to learn more about the innovative new programs and policies around the world that are supporting this change.
During the Congress, entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to attend masterclasses led by representatives from Facebook, exploring the digital impact on entrepreneurship around the world, and how to leverage social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram to grow their venture.
In another session on Tuesday, Access to Data: Leapfrog Opportunities for Startups Globally, Lesa Mitchell from Techstars will lead Arvind Gupta, founder Shivani Shiroya, and Microsoft’s Ali Faramawy, in a conversation about how various entrepreneurship ecosystems are enabling startups to scale via the development of big data commons projects – allowing startups to plug in on a massive scale.
But in addition to access to sessions about how to catalyze knowledge and information for a successful startup, Daniel Isenberg, a professor, investor and entrepreneur, will focus on how to scale-up – dispelling common scale-up myths and presenting some practical guidelines for how entrepreneurs can scale-up more effectively.
Bob Dorf, serial entrepreneur and the author of “The Startup Owner’s Manual,” will lead founders through the importance of product-market fits – creating a solid foundation for scalable startups.
The Next Generation Global Startups will feature some of the best and brightest founders and founder teams from around the world – including the 2016 Startup Open winner Konstantin Berezin, the CEO and Co-Founder, BrighTap, winner of the Idea Space Fair Simbarashe Chimhandamba, a co-founder of Urban Grown Organics in South Africa and other founders who will share their successes, their challenges and advice on how to get connected and launch a firm.
Entrepreneurs will also have the chance to learn from others and pitch on a global stage during the GEC expo – held throughout the days during the sessions. There will be pitch corners for entrepreneurs to share their startup’s story and for startup support programs to explain their resources.
Five African entrepreneurs will also have the chance to take the pitch corner stage during the GEC – pitching to potential investors – through the Digital Pitch Competition, which is open for applications through Feb. 5.And for those in food and agri-businesses, the Future Agro Challenge will host its global finals on Wednesday of the Congress.