Tuesday, March 14
16:00 to 16:50
Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 2 Level 2

Steven Rodriguez, Startup Community Manager at the headquarters of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, will offer an overview some of GEN's ready-made platforms that could support your ecosystem-building efforts back home. The sessions will allow for interactive discussion around experiences and best practices in offering these platforms and programs at the national level.

Startup Huddle | startuphuddle.co

Join a global network of presenters, crowdsource solutions, and plug into your community. As you present to the audience, you'll meet amazing mentors, investors, cofounders, and sponsors who are ready to help with solutions. Your community is here to help you — find an event today!

Startup Open | startupopen.co

Startup Open is a global startup competition organized on GEN’s Startup Compete platform to identify, connect and recognize promising young startups around the world. The top virtual applicants from around the world join the global winners of GEN’s affiliated live competitions in being offered admission into GEN’s Starters Club. Following due diligence and interviews with a panel of investors, the top GEN Starters travel to the GEC to be recognized in front of the world – and to face off against other finalists. Previous winners – which include startups from Israel, Croatia, Ghana and the United States – have been featured by CNBC, CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.

Startup Open is a ready-made GEN Global competition that offers GEN Country Affiliates a means for identifying aspiring entrepreneurs and connecting them to global resources and exposure that will help them succeed, such as peer mentors, investors, founder clubs, and support providers among others.

GEN Starters Club | genstarters.co

GEN Starters Club is a global community made up of talented founders whose promising startups have been battle-tested through one or more of GEN’s global startup competitions. It provides a global interface – reaching more than 160 countries – with fellow challenge winners, experienced entrepreneurs, startup champions and potential investors for support and continued growth. GEN Starters Club provides insight and advice from GEN Mentors, enhanced exposure, curated networking opportunities at special events around the world and the chance to be part of a like-minded community of passionate and promising entrepreneurs.

Startup Compete | startupcompete.co

Startup Compete is a global networking site and competition platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors to connect with each other and bring potential business ideas to market.The customizable white-label platform has powered hundreds of competitions in more than 125 countries – providing organizers with a simple and efficient tool to manage their competitions and offer emerging startups a chance to hone their skills and make connections that will take them to the next level.

Steven Rodriguez
Global Entrepreneurship Network

United States