Istanbul, 17 April 2018 – At its 10th annual Congress in Istanbul, the Global Entrepreneurship Network announced a new strategic partnership with the Misk Global Forum.
The partnership will help aspiring entrepreneurs to start and grow new businesses around the world. By identifying the key components of healthy startup ecosystems, the partnership will offer programs that test and validate entrepreneurs’ ideas, while enabling them to reach their potential through access to a global network of collaborators, mentors and investors.
The Misk Global Forum is the flagship ongoing platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. The new partnership will complement Misk’s ambitious development plans. By 2030, its aims include creating employment opportunities for 20 million people and developing five million youth entrepreneurs.
It will offer programs that test and validate entrepreneurs’ ideas, while enabling them to reach their potential through access to a global network of collaborators, mentors and investors, by identifying the key components of healthy startup ecosystems.
“GEN is dedicated to better understanding what interventions are needed to create environments that allow entrepreneurs to flourish,” said Jonathan Ortmans, GEN’s President. “Through this partnership with the Misk Global Forum, together we will equip innovative young minds with the tools and resources they need to succeed.”
Misk Global Forum
The Misk Global Forum is a flagship ongoing platform of the Misk Foundation, a non-profit philanthropic foundation established by H.R.H. Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to discover, develop and empower Saudi youth to become active participants in the knowledge economy. It specifically focuses on four key areas: education, creative and digital media, technology, and culture and arts. Misk pursues this agenda both through its own programs, and through partnerships with local and global organizations. Website: https://misk.org.sa/en/
Global Entrepreneurship Network
The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and 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 more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. Website: https://genglobal.org