History

Origins of the GEN Starters Club

GEN is pleased to announce the new GEN Starters Club which will get to work starting in January 2020.
 
After talking to founders of new firms in many nations around the world, GEN has been piloting the idea of a global community for founders engaging in GEN programs around the world. Its journey involved developing and operating a business plan competition platform, partnering with hosts of other business plan competitions and testing a variety of mentoring models. It also involved conversations with many partners offering help to entrepreneurs to determine which help is most valuable in their eyes.
 
Most importantly, it involved testing how we might help individuals founding companies. For example, William Janssen, after winning one of our first startup competitions, leveraged GEN’s global network and events to scale his company, Desolenator, from his living room in London to operations stretching from Kenya to California. Starting with his getting our attention with his prototype solar powered water purification and desalination system, GEN was able to connect him through events and competitions to investors that helped him expand his portfolio to include portable household purifiers.
 
Additional Starters helping GEN figure out how to help you include:
 
Carolina Medina
Colombia
Agruppa
 
Stephanie Carvajalino
Colombia
Biz Nation
 
Konstantin Berezin
Israel
BrighTap
 
Umutcan Duman
Turkey
Evreka
 
Anataoliy Gatt
Malta
Freshy
 
MacKay Crookston
United States
GiveIt
 
Ayman Arandi
Jordan
Iris Solutions
 
Titos Munhequete
Mozambique
Izy Shop
 
Billy Hadlow
South Africa
Khaya Power
 
Juan Fermin Rodriguez
Guatemala
Kingo Energy
 
Kenia Mattis
Jamaica
GoLexiGo Ltd.
 
Manshesht Sharma
United States
meetHere
 
Munira Miyazi
United Arab Emirates
MUrgency
 
Mahmoud Aziz
Egypt
QEYE
 
Peetachai Dejkraisak
Thailand
Siam Organic
 
Max Beaumont
The Netherlands
Skytree
 
Steph Spiers
United States
Solstice
 
Nicolás Moreli
Chile
VaCuCh