The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world-where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
The 2014 Congress takes place from March 17–20, 2014, in Moscow, Russia with core sessions taking place at the Moscow Manege and fringe events held throughout the city.
Over the past five years, the Congress has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality.
The Global Entrepreneurship Congress provides an opportunity to:
- Collaborate with startup champions from 140 countries on the best approaches to strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.
- Exchange ideas on research and policies that are favorable to new firm formation.
- Enhance the networks of startups and entrepreneurs while showing them how collaborative communities can help them launch and scale.
- Increase global recognition of entrepreneurs for the role they play in creating jobs, building economies and coming up with innovative solutions that make the world a better place.
Key issues covered include:
- Mapping entrepreneurial ecosystems
- New developments in startup financing
- Connecting entrepreneurs to the best resources
- Emerging entrepreneurial hotspots
- Global expansion of the producer movement
In March 2009, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation brought together the Global Entrepreneurship Week host organizations from nearly 60 nations to create the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Congress at its headquarters in the United States. Since then, the GEC has brought together some of the largest players in entrepreneurship and various celebrities including Carl Schramm, President and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation; Prime Minister H.E. Nika Gilauri of Georgia; Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York in Dubai in 2009; Wan Gang, the Chinese Minister of Science and Technology; Li Kaifu, Founder of Innovation Works and a number of prominent Chinese angel investors in China in 2011. 2012 saw the largest GEC, hosted in Liverpool. The guest of honor, Richard Branson, was joined by Sir Terry Leahy, former chief executive of Tesco; Martha Lane Fox, co-founder of lastminute.com and Lord Heseltine, Founder and Chairman, Haymarket.
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