The Global Entrepreneurship Network announced its latest class of GEN Starters Club members – a community of talented founders with access to mentors, enhanced exposure and curated networking opportunities at events around the world.
GEN Starters Club provides peer-to-peer support for its members, and the second cohort of members includes 18 founders from more than 15 different countries from across the world. Members receive mentorship and advice from leading experts within the global entrepreneurship ecosystem, from a variety of industries.
Members are also invited to take part in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress each year – a gathering of thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers and researchers to discuss best practices for strengthening local ecosystems and increasing new firm formation.
At the GEC in Johannesburg, South Africa, GEN Starters from BrighTap and meetHere, were able to network with more than 6,000 attendees and present their ventures on a global stage.
Manshesht Sharma, a GEN Starter and one of the founders of meetHere – wich is an application targeted to high school students that allows users to choose the optimum meet-up destination that is equidistant from each user’s location – attended the Congress and also had the opportunity to pitch his startup during a session. MeetHere was a finalist in the 2016 Startup Open competition.
“After being inducted into the GEN Starters community, we realized there was a great wealth of investors, resources here that we can use to grow our business and to scale our startup,” Sharma said.
GEN Starters from both the 2016 and 2017 classes represent diverse backgrounds, interests and industries – bringing new insights to the club to help crowdsource solutions to common problems entrepreneurs face, as well as provide different industry and market expertise.
The second GEN Starters Club class founders include:
Juan Fermin Rodriguez
United Arab Emirates