Programs

CELEBRATE

Global Entrepreneurship Week | gew.co

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. In eight years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 160 countries – building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations. 

Recognized around the world, GEW offers a springboard from which to launch new year-round programs and initiatives. The media attention GEW attracts each November creates the opportunity for partners to spotlight founders, announce new programs and initiatives and highlight impact it has had during the course of the year. GEW serves as a community-building season to reach out to the public at large to inspire more people to engage with their local entrepreneurship ecosystem.

 

SUPPORT

Global Business Angels Network | gban.co

Global Business Angels Network interfaces with entrepreneurs, policymakers, early-stage finance actors and leading entrepreneurial support programs to strengthen the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether helping recruit more investors, expanding geographic investment arenas beyond local markets or amplifying the angel “voice” to regulatory issue discussions, GBAN seeks to provide an inclusive, supportive community of early-stage investors around the world. For those in places without mature angel networks, GBAN brings experienced networks and tools from across the globe to support their creation or development. For countries that already have sophisticated angel communities, GBAN provides a way to more actively engage its angels with GEN and the global ecosystem. 

 

Global Enterprise Registration | ger.co

Global Enterprise Registration is an index of web portals around the world allowing online business registration or describing the business registration process. It is intended to promote the use and improvement of business registration services worldwide, by allowing easy access to existing online systems and by facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices among governments. Global Enterprise Registration is jointly produced by UNCTAD and the Global Entrepreneurship Network. GER helps accelerate new firm formation in two ways. One is by walking a founder through the registration process. The other is by identifying bottlenecks within the bureaucracy, an invaluable tool for policy advocacy. Up-to-date and detailed information about the business registration process in their country can be a vital tool to engage more of the informal economy in entrepreneurial economic activity.

 

GEN Starters Club | genstarters.co

GEN Starters Club is a global community made up of talented founders whose promising startups have been battle-tested through one or more of GEN’s global startup competitions. It provides a global interface – reaching more than 160 countries – with fellow challenge winners, experienced entrepreneurs, startup champions and potential investors for support and continued growth. GEN Starters Club provides insight and advice from GEN Mentors, enhanced exposure, curated networking opportunities at special events around the world and the chance to be part of a like-minded community of passionate and promising entrepreneurs.

 

Startup Competestartupcompete.co

Startup Compete is a global networking site and competition platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors to connect with each other and bring potential business ideas to market.The customizable white-label platform has powered hundreds of competitions in more than 125 countries – providing organizers with a simple and efficient tool to manage their competitions and offer emerging startups a chance to hone their skills and make connections that will take them to the next level.

 

UNDERSTAND

Global Entrepreneurship Research Network | gern.co

The Global Entrepreneurship Research Network is a working coalition that catalyzes and aligns research that is integrally linked with the practice of entrepreneurship and the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems. Each member organization is a leader in its nation or region in promoting entrepreneurship broadly. GERN members—that include the Kauffman Foundation, OECD, the World Bank and other leaders in the field—undertake collaborative projects, share knowledge and strive to establish open, standardized data resources. Current projects include: examining the impact that startup accelerators are having on new firm formation and success; mapping and exploring connections among startup ecosystems; building a shared understanding of entrepreneurial mindset; and streamlining and leveraging government data infrastructure.

 

Startup Nations | startupnations.co

Startup Nations is a collection of policymakers and leaders of public-sector programs focused on identifying and exploring innovative regulatory changes and other policy levers to help accelerate the growth of new and young firms in their economies. With members from more than 80 countries on six continents, the policy-focused network emphasizes knowledge sharing and collaboration to remove barriers and unleash high-impact entrepreneurship. Through it annual Startup Nations Awards, the group recognizes policymakers at the local, national and global levels for their efforts championing startup policies.

 

CONNECT

Global Entrepreneurship Congress | gec.co

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is a gathering of startup champions from around the world—where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. The GEC brings together thousands of delegates from 150 countries to discuss economic and policy challenges around growing entrepreneurial ecosystems. With live events featuring the latest, best-in-class programming and research, GEC is a unique opportunity to meet fellow practitioners and stay apprised of new ideas, insights and developments. The annual event is designed so that when delegates return to their country, they are able to develop fresh, forward-leaning entrepreneurship support efforts.

 

Startup Nations Summit | summit.startupnations.co

The Startup Nations Summit features startup-savvy policy advisors and startup community leaders collaborating on smarter policies and public sector driven programs to better enable high-impact entrepreneurship. GEN cohosts the event each year in late November as the official conclusion to Global Entrepreneurship Week. The summit launched in 2012 in Toronto and has since been held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Seoul, South Korea; Monterrey, Mexico; Cork, Ireland; and is next being held in Tallinn, Estonia. The annual Summit is an opportunity to offer government ministers and national policy advisors to listen to and learn from their peers from around the world who are grappling with similar domestic policy challenges in government. During the Summit, they are able to exchange information about cutting-edge government programs and regulatory practices while gaining insights into the ways in which other national governments support entrepreneurs.

 

GEC+ | gecplus.co

Since it launched in Kansas City, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress has evolved into a large-scale event that brings together thousands of delegates covering diverse elements of startup ecosystems around the world. GEC+ has now emerged to fill a need for more focused and in-depth collaboration – bringing global expertise to bear on a concentrated issue or geographic region – to accelerate new firm formation and strengthen local, national and regional ecosystems.