Code of Conduct

GEC 2019


The Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers thousands of individuals from all parts of the world who are dedicated to making it possible for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.

GEC participants are an incredibly diverse group no matter which way you look at them – geography, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation and more. The GEC organizers are committed to providing them with an open and inclusive forum, ensuring that participants are able to share ideas and information in a respectful environment that encourages dialogue and maximizes collaboration.

Cross-cultural communication can often be complicated. The organizers encourage everyone to consider both the impact of their actions on those with different backgrounds and experiences as well as the honest intentions of those who may have unknowingly caused offense.

One of the greatest strengths of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress is its inclusiveness. Making all participants feel welcome and included – regardless of their physical appearance, disability, race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation – is a responsibility for everyone involved, including (but obviously not limited to) event staff, exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and participants themselves. 

This also applies to a participant’s profession. GEC participants are engaged in strengthening start and scale ecosystems in more than 170 countries, an activity that requires not only entrepreneurs but also investors, policymakers, researchers, educators, entrepreneurship support organizations and more. 

If any participant is being harassed or feels threatened as a result of intimidating, harassing, abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct, please immediately notify a GEC staff member. GEC staff will be happy to help participants contact hotel/venue security to assist those experiencing harassment.



The GEC Code of Conduct is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License ( and is available for others to use and adapt for their own events. Elements of this were adapted from the open source effort at and other major events.