GEC 2016


March 14 - 17, 2016


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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 2016 will take place in an unexpected city where “The Business of Next” is a way of thinking that has radically changed a whole community. Medellín—a burgeoning startup hub that has been called by some the most innovative city in the world—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.

Federico Gutierrez
City of Medellín
Bill Aulet
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Maria Contreras-Sweet
United States Small Business Administration (SBA)
Juan Manuel Barrientos
El Cielo
Lindiwe Zulu
Government of South Africa
Christopher Schroeder
Startup Rising
Claire Munck
Be Angels
William Shaw
Pablo Aquistapace
Jerry Michalski
Donna Harris
Marcelo Cabrol
Inter-American Development Bank
Marc Nager
Elmira Bayrasli
Foreign Policy Interrupted
Jonathan Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network


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