GEC 2017

Johannesburg, South Africa

March 13-16, 2017

Entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and policymakers from more than 160 countries
will gather in one of South Africa’s most innovative hubs — Johannesburg.

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A Nation of Innovation

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Everything you need to know

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GEC 2017 Venue

Sandton Convention Centre

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About GEN and the GEC

One entrepreneurial ecosystem

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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 160 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 2017 will take place in the heartbeat of South Africa, in Johannesburg — a budding startup hub that is both an economic and cultural cornerstone of the country — which promises to build on the successes of previous years.

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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.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa
Government of South Africa
Arvind Gupta
DigitalIndia Foundation, IdeasWall Incubator
Lindiwe Zulu
Department of Small Business Development
Ali Faramawy
Adrian Gore
Ebele Okobi
Victor Hwang
Kauffman Foundation
Shivani Siroya
Gil Oved
The Creative Counsel
Daniel Isenberg
Columbia Business School
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Pichet Durongkaveroj
Ministry of Digital Economy & Society
Mariano Mayer
Ministry of Production
Rishi Jaitly
Times Global
Ibrahim Assane Mayaki
New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)


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Feb 23, 2017
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