GEN Announces Acting Managing Director to Guide Development of New Affiliate in Australia

Allan Connolly to guide GEN Australia to strengthen international connections and implement new programs, initiatives

WASHINGTON, DC – The Global Entrepreneurship Network has appointed Allan Connolly as acting managing director of GEN Australia. In this role, Connolly is responsible for expanding collaboration among the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders and connecting them to their counterparts in more than 170 countries.

“I am privileged to continue my lifelong work as an entrepreneur as acting managing director of GEN Australia,” said Connolly. “GEN Australia’s purpose is to be a leading learner in the global entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem – to connect, collaborate and co-create with regional and global partners – as well as to create jobs and opportunity Australia-wide. Our campaign for 2018 and 2019 within the country is ‘Six states, two territories – one unified Australia.’”

Connolly said the organization aims to continue researching and documenting the Australian entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem that empowers cities and local communities to become “smart and self-sustaining.”

“Let no one’s ideas for the benefit of community ever go to waste for lack of support in developing them,” Connolly said.

At the global level, GEN operates in more than 170 countries. It fuels healthier start and scale ecosystems by fostering deeper cross-border collaboration and initiatives that engage entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and entrepreneurship support organizations.

GEN Australia aims to strengthen the ecosystem by focusing on:

  • Recruiting and engaging members to create a goal of 500 permanent jobs nationwide;
  • Empowering entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to connect, collaborate and co-create;
  • Creating economically sustainable cities and communities across Australia; and
  • Transforming Australia into a leading learner in the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.


About the Global Entrepreneurship Network
The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of programs in 170 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 jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For details on the programs that make up GEN, visit and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter and @genhq on Instagram.

Jessica Wray Bradner

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Jessica is a former multimedia journalist with a background in print and online media. At the Global Entrepreneurship Network, she created daily… More