Press Releases | May 18, 2020

Ewan Gaffney steps down from GEN UK Board

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GEN UK today announced that Ewan Gaffney, director and co-founder of the Global Entrepreneurship Network UK (GEN UK), has decided to resign from the Board. Ewan will now be focussing on new business endeavours in a full-time role at FreeUp after it was acquired as part of an $800m investment from SoftBank.

As a result, the UK's Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) campaign will now be delivered directly by GEN UK in line with the development of GEN as a platform for all kinds of entrepreneurship support in 170 countries globally.

"The Global Entrepreneurship Network has been a part of my life for the past ten years. At the start of a new decade, and with GEN UK primed for the next stage of its impressive growth, it seemed like the right moment for me to step down. I'm proud of all that GEN UK has achieved and the role it has played and will continue to play, in reshaping and increasing access to the UK's fantastic start-up ecosystem.

I will continue to cheer for GEN UK and I want to thank the Board, Taj Heer (GEN UK MD) and the entire GEN community around the world for everything they have done in making a difference.

GEW, GEN and GEN UK have had a massive impact on so many people, and I will always be proud of the small role I played in that. I want to make a special mention of my co-founders Marc Ortmans and Elaine Gold who had taught me so much about what it takes to grow a business," Gaffney said.

"I want to thank Ewan for his service as a director on the Board and for his contribution in creating this institution. His expertise, energy and creativity, honed over ten years delivering GEW have been fundamental to our growth and bringing us to this next stage of our journey. "Everyone at GEN UK wishes him the best,” said Taj Heer, MD of GEN UK.


“On behalf of the entire Board, I wish Ewan the best of luck with his new endeavours and we are sure he will add value in his new role” said Marc Ortmans Chairperson of the Board.

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