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.

 

Startup Open | startupopen.co

Startup Open is a global competition to identify, connect and recognize promising young startups around the world. The top virtual applicants join the global winners of GEN’s affiliated live competitions in being offered admission into GEN’s Starters Club. Following due diligence and interviews with a panel of investors, the top GEN Starters travel to the GEC to be recognized in front of the world – and to face off against other finalists. Previous winners – which include startups from Israel, Croatia, Ghana and the United States – have been featured by CNBC, CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.

 

Startup Huddle | startuphuddle.co

Startup Huddle is a program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs -- one entrepreneur at a time. It is based on the notion that the best way for entrepreneurs to discover solutions to the challenges they face is through purposeful engagement with one another. As an experiential learning opportunity, the Startup Huddle format is consistent in each location: on a given morning, one or two early-stage startup founders give a six-minute presentation of their companies to a diverse audience of peers, mentors, educators, and advisors. Each presentation is followed by a 20-minute question and answer session and feedback via an audience survey.

 

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.

 

Startup Experience startupexperience.org

Startup Experience offers intensive transformational workshops designed to inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs. It introduces students to the entrepreneurial mindset and provide hands-on training in high impact-entrepreneurship. Students build creative capacity and entrepreneurial confidence, and learn effective tools to build new ventures.

 

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.

 

Global Entrepreneurship Index | thegedi.org

The Global Entrepreneurship Index is an annual index that measures the health of entrepreneurship ecosystems in 130 countries. It collects data on the entrepreneurial attitudes, abilities and aspirations of the local population and then weighs these against the prevailing social and economic infrastructure – this includes aspects such as broadband connectivity and transport links to external markets. The Index provides a snapshot overview of national entrepreneurship ecosystems and serves as an analytical tool for diagnosing key challenges that, if addressed comprehensively, would have substantial impact on new firm formation. Overall, it is a compass for identifying initiatives and interventions that target a country’s most critical areas.

 

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.