The aim of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Germany ("Gründungsnetzwerk Deutschland") is to sustainably improve basic conditions for startups and strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The basis for the project is the national Global Entrepreneurship Week Germany (“Gründerwoche Deutschland”), which has been successful for many years, as well as the extensive, year-round active partner network.

GEN Germany wants to connect startups and young companies who want to scale their business internationally to existing German programs and the GEN universe. GEN Germany supports startups and their internationalization, offers them access to international programs and platforms and thus shows them new perspectives. It also serves as the main contact point for other GEN Countries and their startups who want to work in Germany. We want to enable entrepreneurial networks and regional ecosystems in Germany to network globally and advises in the creation and establishment of new policies.

Since 2010, the Global Entrepreneurship Week Germany is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. With launching the so-called “Gründerwoche Deutschland”, the Ministry wanted to create a nationwide network in order to promote the entrepreneurial spirit all over Germany. Therefore, the Ministries of Economy in all 16 states in Germany as well as many business umbrella associations are involved in this campaign. Their task is to involve their members and networks who offer events for (potential) founders and young people, young entrepreneurs. In order to raise the awareness of entrepreneurship and its importance within society, all these people are brought together. All in all, more than 1.500 partners in Germany offer youth competitions, entrepreneurship fairs, start-up-days, consulting/expert advice and many more. The partners put an emphasis on recognizing and supporting entrepreneurs who have started their own companies or want to start a business. All combined activities in Germany help to inspire, encourage and support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Germany. The Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy is supported by the RKW, which organizes the Global Entrepreneurship Week Germany.

More Information: www.gruenderwoche.de