GEC 2019 to Focus on Ecosystem Development
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Wray Bradner
18 Feb 2019

The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, which takes place this April 15-18 in Manama, Bahrain, unifies a broad collection of voices from the thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions who attend the event.  

While the overarching purpose of the Congress each year is to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures anywhere in the world, GEC 2019 will focus its numerous sessions and networking opportunities on three specific themes for this year.  

Global Entrepreneurial Revolution
A global entrepreneurial revolution has taken hold over the last several years and continues to grow – building a shared engine of innovation and economic growth in cities everywhere. Investments into early-stage and growth-stage companies are reaching new highs while total value creation of the global startup economy reached $2.3 trillion over the last three years. This revolution is not only happening in mature startup hubs like Silicon Valley, London and Shanghai – it is happening in thousands of emerging ecosystems around the world. Places like Manama, Bahrain, are investing heavily in entrepreneurs to lead their next generation economy. 

Through a focus on the Global Entrepreneurial Revolution, GEC 2019 will explore innovative approaches to empower entrepreneurs which communities and countries around the world are implementing, and new emerging innovative solutions and advancements that are changing the entrepreneurship environment globally.


High-Performance Ecosystems
Vibrant, scalable high-performing ecosystems are growing quickly around the world – and they share a common set of characteristics. Local connectedness – founders developing quality relationships with each other, investors and ecosystem builders – and strong sense of community are the first two building blocks but they are only half of the answer. Global connectedness and global market reach are necessary to supercharge an emerging ecosystem

Through a focus on High-Performance Ecosystems, GEC 2019 will examine this new genome of successful startups while exploring data-driven insights into policy and program action plans to help more startups grow. 


Inclusive Economies
Entrepreneurship is a positive force that drives innovation, creates wealth and improves lives in communities, cities and countries alike. But not everyone has the same opportunity – and it has a negative economic impact, especially in a globally-connected era. Race, age, gender, where one lives, etc. should not be an obstacle to entrepreneurship. One should be able to start a business quickly, inexpensively, without confusion and without barriers – unleashing the full economic potential of society.  
Through a focus on Inclusive Entrepreneurship, GEC 2019 will explore barriers to under-represented groups – barriers such as bias, declining infrastructure and demographic shifts –and how they can be addressed.  

Jessica Wray Bradner

Marketing Manager | Local Entrepreneur

Jessica is a former multimedia journalist with a background in print and online media. At the Global Entrepreneurship Network, she created daily… More