Mon, 03/13/2017 -
08:30 to 09:00
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Mon, 03/13/2017 -
09:00 to 17:00
GEN ANNUAL MEETING-Invite Only

During the Global Entrepreneurship Network annual meeting, GEN country managing directors, Global Entrepreneurship Week hosts and partners, Startp Nations and GERN members, as well as GEN program partners will discuss 2016 in review, and plan for the year ahead. 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 1 Level 2
Mon, 03/13/2017 -
16:00 to 18:00

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), jointly with the South African Department of Small Business Devel

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2
Cristina Martinez de Silva
UNCTAD - Enterprise Branch
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Tatiana Krylova
UNCTAD
Cristina A. Fernandez
Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
08:30 to 08:35

Jonathan Ortmans, President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network and Chair of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, will open the ninth GEC in Johannesburg with a welcome address and introduction of the two-day Congress sessions. 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
08:35 to 08:45

Led by Herman Mashaba, Mayor, City of Johannesburg

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
08:45 to 09:05

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.  

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
09:05 to 09:10

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

 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
09:10 to 09:25

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Government of South Africa, will welcome global and local delegates to Africa's first GEC. 

 

 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Government of South Africa
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
09:25 to 09:30

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

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Kizito Okechukwu
SEA Africa
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
09:30 to 09:45

Jabu Mabuza, Serial Entrepreneur and Chairman of Telkom SA

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
09:45 to 09:55
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
09:55 to 10:15

Rishi Jaitly will offer a vision of what kind of startups will drive the next wave of business growth based on his experience as the leader behind global investments and partnerships business across the world.

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Rishi Jaitly
Times Global
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
10:15 to 11:15

This fireside chat will unveil how various entrepreneurship ecosystems are enabling startups to scale via the development of big data commons projects.

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Arvind Gupta
DigitalIndia Foundation, IdeasWall Incubator
Shivani Siroya
Tala
Lesa Mitchell
Techstars
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
10:30 to 14:50

Led by the United States Small Business Administration & the South African Department of Small Business Development

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2
Mikk Vainik
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications
Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
Chabani Nourdine
Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development
Jason Wiens
Ewing Marion Kauffman Fundation
Pichet Durongkaveroj
Ministry of Digital Economy & Society
Nabindra Raj Joshi
Ministry for Industry
Karen Wilson
OECD
Kristin Schreiber
European Commission
Ezrra Israel Orozco
Ministry of the Economy
Mariano Mayer
Ministry of Production
Tatiana Krylova
UNCTAD
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Ellen Olafsen
World Bank
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
11:15 to 11:25

Led by Bill Liao, Founder, Coderdojo

Coding is something that has now become imperative for children to understand and learn but it still doesn’t exist on the school syllabus. 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
11:25 to 11:40

Led by Victor Hwang, Vice President for Entrepreneurship, Kauffman Foundation

 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Victor Hwang
Kauffman Foundation
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
11:40 to 12:00

How can civic entrepreneurs, investors, educators, governments and other stakeholders collaborate to enable more local ventures to scale up more rapidly?

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Daniel Isenberg
Columbia Business School
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
12:00 to 13:00
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

This event is invite only.

Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 1
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

GEN Algeria, GEN Senegal, GEN Kenya and GEN Mozambique

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 2 + 3
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

Led by GEN Israel and the MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel

This session promises inspiration to  entrepreneurs from around the world to focus on the needs of the Base of the Pyramid (BOP). 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 4 Level 2
Ayla Matalon
MIT Enterprise Forum of Israel
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

Startup accelerators have become established around the world as a great way to provide young companies with the investment, mentorship, and networks they need to succeed.

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 1 Level 2
Sophia Muradyan
World Bank Group
Genevieve Edens
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Wael Eldesouki Beddah
The Arab Academy for Science, Technology & Maritime Transport
David Moskovitz
Startup New Zealand
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

SAB Foundation, Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, the GEDI Institute and SEA Africa

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Fredell Jacobs
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Anthony Farr
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Kizito Okechukwu
SEA Africa
Zoltan Acs
Global Entrepreneurship & Development Institute
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

Led by Nexus

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 3 Level 2
Yossi Hasson
Techstars
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

Bob Dorf, Serial Entrepreneur & Author, "The Startup Owner's Manual"

 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Bob Dorf
Co-author, "The Startup Owner's Manual"
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
14:00 to 14:50

Powered by the GEN Global

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 2 + 3
Eric Hansen
Center for Entrepreneurship LLC
Daniel Isenberg
Columbia Business School
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
14:00 to 14:50

SEA Africa and Monash University

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 2 Level 2
Bola Lawal
Scholarx Inc.
Kanini Mutooni
Global Innovation Fund
Alesimo Mwanga
SEA Africa
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
14:00 to 14:50

Led by Facebook

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 15:50
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 4 Level 2
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 15:50

GEN South Africa, Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Youngpreneur Media, CAYE and the Raymond Ackerman Foundation 

 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 2 Level 2
Pearl Maphumulo
The Business Development Agency
Grace Kalisha
African Leadership Academy
Olawale Anifowose
Enterprise Development Centre, Pan-Atlantic University
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 16:50

Led by the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network 

This session will discuss methods for defining and framing out the factors that allow cities to overcome the challenges in their entrepreneurial development, such as regulatory legacies. 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 1 Level 2
Jarmo Eskelinen
Future Cities Catapult
JF Gauthier
Startup Genome
Victor Hwang
Kauffman Foundation
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Philip Auerswald
Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN)
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 17:00

Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 1
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 17:00

Led by Global Business Angels Network (GBAN)

Global Business Angels Network: The Global Investing Phenomenon 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 3 Level 2
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 17:00

Led by Future Agro Challenge

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 2 + 3
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 16:50

Led by the United States Small Business Administration & the South African Department of Small Business Development

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2
Mikk Vainik
Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications
Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
Chabani Nourdine
Ministry of Industry and Private Sector Development
Jason Wiens
Ewing Marion Kauffman Fundation
Pichet Durongkaveroj
Ministry of Digital Economy & Society
Nabindra Raj Joshi
Ministry for Industry
Karen Wilson
OECD
Ebele Okobi
Facebook
Kristin Schreiber
European Commission
Ezrra Israel Orozco
Ministry of the Economy
Mariano Mayer
Ministry of Production
Tatiana Krylova
UNCTAD
Cristina A. Fernandez
Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)
Ellen Olafsen
World Bank
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
15:00 to 15:50

Led by Daniel Isenberg, Founding Executive Director, Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Daniel Isenberg
Columbia Business School
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
16:00 to 16:50

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.

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 2 Level 2
Steven Rodriguez
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
16:00 to 16:50

Powered by AlphaCode

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 4 Level 2
Shivani Siroya
Tala
Tue, 03/14/2017 -
16:00 to 16:50

Gil Oved, Co-Founder, Creative Counsel; Shark Tank

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Gil Oved
The Creative Counsel
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
08:30 to 08:35
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
08:35 to 08:45

David Makhura, Premier, Gauteng

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
08:45 to 09:30

Moderated by Ellen Olafsen, Global Product Specialist on Growth Entrepreneurship in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice, World Bank

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Ellen Olafsen
World Bank
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
09:30 to 10:15

Moderated by Donna Harris, GEN Global Board of Directors

Ebele Okobi, Public Policy Director for Africa, Facebook

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Ebele Okobi
Facebook
Donna Harris
1776
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
10:15 to 10:30

Adrian Gore, Group Chief Executive, Discovery

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
10:30 to 11:15
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
11:15 to 11:25

Pali Lehohla, Statistician General, Statistics South Africa

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
11:25 to 11:35
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
11:35 to 11:45

Jon Medved, Founder and CEO, OurCrowd

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Jon Medved
OurCrowd
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
11:45 to 11:55

Chris Schroeder, Author, "Startup Rising"

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
11:55 to 12:05

Jeff Hoffman, Serial entrepreneur and Co-Founder, Colorjar

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Pavilion Level 5
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
12:05 to 12:15

 Global Entrepreneurship Network President Jonathan Ortmans will formally pass the GEC host torch to the Turkish  delegation, represented by Ali Sabanci, for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress to be held in Istanbul in March 2018.

 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Kizito Okechukwu
SEA Africa
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
12:15 to 13:00
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

Powered by Mindcette

Despite popular belief, cross country data shows that: a) entrepreneurs are not born, and b) there is no single "entrepreneurial personality".

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 2 Level 2
Kelly G. Shaver
College of Charleston; Mindcette
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

Enterprise is a crucial engine of economic growth.

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 1 Level 2
Zoltan Acs
Global Entrepreneurship & Development Institute
Ainsley Lloyd
The GEDI Institute
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

Global Entrepreneurship Network and Kauffman Foundation

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 1
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

Powered by Transnet

 

 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

Endeavor, Shanduka Black, Umbrellas SiModisa and SAB 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 2 + 3
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

Global Enterprise Registration 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 2 + 3
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 18:30

Led by Global Business Angels Network (GBAN)

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 3 Level 2
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

Led by Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS)

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
13:00 to 13:50

Led by Facebook

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
14:00 to 14:50

Led by the World Bank Group

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 2 + 3
Ellen Olafsen
World Bank
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
14:00 to 14:50

Startup Nations

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 1 Level 2
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
14:00 to 14:50

Microsoft and ABSA

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
14:00 to 16:50

Are you an established entrepreneur interested in internationalizing your business, creating cross-border B2B links and identifying potential funding sources?

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Ballroom 4 Level 2
Tatiana Krylova
UNCTAD
Alejandro Altieri
Script Sarl
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
14:00 to 14:50

Hollard Black Industrialists Programme 

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
15:00 to 15:50

GEN Africa

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre - Bill Gallagher Room Level 2
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
15:00 to 15:50
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Kamogelo Mampane
TK Global Experts
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
15:00 to 15:50

Led by Gauteng Province (MEC)

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
16:00 to 18:30

Powered by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Boardroom 2 + 3
Steven Rodriguez
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Wed, 03/15/2017 -
16:00 to 18:30

Led by Industry Disruptors/Game Changers

Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Thu, 03/16/2017 -
10:00 to 17:45
GEN ANNUAL MEETING-Invite Only
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre Johannesburg, South Africa
Fri, 03/17/2017 -
18:00 to 20:50

Led by Global Entrepreneurship Network in partnership with the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation and MindCette.

Venue: Private
Larry Jacob
Kauffman Foundation
Philip Gaskin
Kauffman Foundation
Genevieve Edens
Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Jarmo Eskelinen
Future Cities Catapult
JF Gauthier
Startup Genome
Kelly G. Shaver
College of Charleston; Mindcette
Immanuel Commarmond
Mindstate - Set for Growth
Karen Wilson
OECD
Victor Hwang
Kauffman Foundation
Ellen Olafsen
World Bank
Malavika Kumaran
MaRS Data Catalyst
Johannes Lindner
Initiative for Teaching Entrepreneurship Austria / eesi of BMB / KPH Vienna&Krems
Ken Krull
Quatere
Anthony Farr
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Peter Komives
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Ainsley Lloyd
The GEDI Institute
Moonsun Kim
Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation
Rhett Morris
Endeavor Insight
Ivan Abraham Sandjaja
Ciputra Foundation
Philip Auerswald
Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN)
Fredell Jacobs
Allan Gray Orbis Foundation
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network