GEC 2018


April 16-19, 2018

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About The GEC

What is the Global Entrepreneurship Congress?

Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 170 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills.

GEC 2018 takes place in Istanbul, Turkey — a thriving startup hub that is both an economic and cultural cornerstone of Europe and Asia.

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The GEC attracts speakers and delegates from all parts of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in 160+ countries -- entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and support organizations dedicated to helping new businesses start and scale.

Arvind Gupta
Digital India Foundation, IdeasWall Incubator
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Ali Faramawy
Victor Hwang
Kauffman Foundation
Rishi Jaitly
Times Bridge
Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Daniel Isenberg
Columbia Business School
Mariano Mayer
Ministry of Production
Pichet Durongkaveroj
Ministry of Digital Economy & Society
Ali Sabanci
Pegasus Airlines // TOBB Young Entrepreneurs Council
Rebeca Hwang
Rivet Ventures


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