Tuesday, March 15
08:30 to 09:00
Plaza Mayor - Gran Salon

"Entrepreneurship is a concept which should deepen, it is to accept the challenges and take risks, because at the time when the entrepreneur accepts it and lives it, they will be considered to have exceeded the valley of death."

These are the words of Federico Gutiérrez, mayor of Medellín during his welcoming remarks at the GEC 2016. In his welcome, Gutiérrez said Medelliín, and Colombia, are two places where the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and thriving, and where global entrepreneurship is blossoming. 

Medellín is the country's capital of new ventures and became home to the four-day Congress -- one of the most important meetings in the world on the issue of entrepreneurship, and the first Spanish-speaking host. According to Cecilia Alvarez Correa, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the ecosystem of entrepreneurship in Medellin is growing as it is in Silicon Valley, as the two places share a wonderful networking and cooperative environment.

Speaker Bios: 
Cecilia Álvarez-Correa
Ministry of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Government of Colombia


Bruce Mac Master
Federico Gutierrez
City of Medellín


Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network

United States