Global Entrepreneurship Network Launches Effort to Support Entrepreneurial Growth
16 Nov 2018

GEN Accelerates will assist leaders and founders grow and improve their entrepreneurial communities with expertise and resources from around the Global Entrepreneurship Network of 170 countries.

SURABAYA, INDONESIA, November 16, 2018 – The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) announced today the launch of GEN Accelerates, an initiative to support capacity-building and program development for entrepreneur support organizations and governments. The announcement came as part of the Startup Nations Summit, with government officials and policy experts from more than 50 countries exploring innovative policy approaches to help new enterprises start and scale.

“GEN Accelerates is an exciting new effort to unleash the power of regional and global networks to bring tested and validated solutions and expertise from around the world directly to the changemakers, founders and innovators in communities across the globe,” explained Susan Amat, Ph.D., founding executive director of GEN Accelerates.

She also emphasized that GEN Accelerates will be far from a one-size-fits-all solution. “We’re not just boxing up what’s working in Silicon Valley or London or Medellin or Kansas City and bringing it to new entrepreneurial communities.”

GEN Accelerates is offering:

  • training and sharing of best practices for entrepreneurship ecosystem enablers
  • plug-and-play software, curricula and other programs for entrepreneur development, and
  • customized consulting with entrepreneurship supporters, eductor and policymakers for the development of entrepreneurship support programs and curriculum design and execution.

GEN Accelerates supports best practice sharing, a data driven approach to ecosystem building, and global linkages, leveraging regional and international experts from GEN Global’s existing network, including the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, Global Business Angels Network, GEN Country Managing Directors, and Startup Nations members.

GEN Accelerates is off to a running start as a partner in the Frontiers Incubator Program, supporting the training of 30 accelerators in Asia-Pacific region and announcements will soon follow for programs in the Middle East and Latin America with both public and private partners.

“With GEN’s unparalleled network of entrepreneurial leaders on every continent we are documenting and validating best practices from this large, eclectic, experienced group to benefit communities of all shapes and sizes and at every level of development,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of GEN, focusing on the increased connectivity. “We are helping entrepreneurial communities lift each other up.”

GEN Global offers myriad events for celebration, education and ecosystem-building, competitions, research, and policy support to increase engagement in entrepreneurship from the smallest sole proprietor to heads of state. The millions involved through GEW and the GEN initiatives from more than 170 countries have shown their commitment to economic development through entrepreneurship, but often do not have the tools or training to operationalize the goals set by policy makers, entrepreneurs and those who support them.


About GEN
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 entrepreneurship ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For more information visit:

Mark Marich

Executive Vice President | Global Entrepreneurship Network

Mark Marich is the executive vice president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network where he provides strategic input and tactical direction for… More