About GEN

Reboot. Rethink. Regenerate.

Building one global entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 180+ countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.

By fostering deeper cross-border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth.

GEN’s comprehensive global footprint of national operations and global verticals in policy, research and programs ensures members have uncommon access to the most relevant knowledge, networks, communities and programs relative to size of economy, maturity of ecosystem, language, culture, geography and more.

GEN divides its efforts into four distinct categories:

Celebrate

Programs, including Global Entrepreneurship Week, an awareness campaign engaging millions of people each November through 35,000 activities, and other efforts that celebrate entrepreneurs and inspire others – particularly those who face structural barriers or may have never considered the idea of launching their own startup –  to follow in their footsteps.

Understand

Programs, including GEN Research, and other initiatives that compile, share and analyze data related to new firm formation in order to better understand the underlying conditions that best enable entrepreneurs to thrive.

Support

An array of programs intended to support entrepreneurs at all stages through proven policy and programmatic interventions to help them reach the next level. These include: GEN Policy; GEN Invest; GEN Accelerates; GEN Campus; GEN Space; GEN Starters Club; Global Enterprise Registration, an effort to simplify the legal process of starting a business; Startup Huddle, a program that crowdsources solutions to challenges faced by local founder teams; and the Entrepreneurship World Cup, a massive pitch competition backed by a world-class training and mentorship program.

Connect

Programs and other efforts intended to connect entrepreneurs, ecosystem builders and community leaders through GEN’s digital platform and numerous live events to strengthen local ecosystems around the world. These include the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, GEC+ and the Startup Nations Summit as well as an expanding range of virtual programming.