Frequently Asked Questions

AT THE GEC

What airport transportation is available?
Publicis Live will arrange transportation for GEN Delegates from the airport. Those arriving prior to April 14, 2019 will be responsible for their own transportation unless advised otherwise. Further details will be available closer to the event.
When and where is registration and check-in?
Registration details will be availalbe soon.
Where are meals provided?
Meal details will be available soon.
Is there complimentary WiFi? How about local SIM cards to save me on cellular phone and data roaming charges?
Complimentary WiFi will be available at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. If you want SIM cards, these can be purchased at the airport.
What am I and my delegation invited to?
On the website, it notes which events are by invitation only such as the Compass Awards Dinner, but all GEN Delegates are invited to the GEN Annual Meeting. Delegates should check Slack and their on-line schedule closer to arrival time. Those expected at the GEN Annual Meeting will see it noted in their online schedule at gec.co.

Those invited to the Compass Awards Dinner will also receive a separate invitation via email before they arrive.
What should I bring and what do people wear?
Your preferred weather app will give you climate information you need in order to plan what to pack. The attire for most sessions is business casual, leaning casual (jeans are fine).

The attire for the dinner is however more formal – as always, traditional dress is acceptable and welcome.

Please bring hard copy samples you want to share of your work. We will also attempt to hand out as many GEN partner related materials as possible.
Who can answer questions from confirmed speakers?
If you have questions about your role as a speaker, please contact Cristina Fernandez on Slack or at cristina@genglobal.org or the person running your session she has already connected you to.
How do I see and connect with other delegates and where can we meet? 
At the official hotels, there are plenty of open areas for meetings. . Be sure to use the GEC site to find and connect with others – as well as of course find each location and check on any agenda changes real time. The site — whether viewed through a mobile device or desktop/laptop — provides the most up-to-date information and connects you to everyone’s profile if you want to look for people you want to meet.

You can communicate with other delegates of the GEC leading up to, during and following the GEC on the GEC site at gec.co – send messages or meeting requests to other registered delegates by logging into your  gec.co profile. You can opt to receive notifications or emails when you have messages.
What is the Annual Meeting on Monday?
While several thousand delegates attend the GEC each year, our annual meeting is for GEN Delegates – our 500 key GEN Global leaders. Details will be provided to you upon arrival. If you are receiving this letter, you are invited. Check with your primary GEN point of contact if you have questions.
Who should I contact with more questions?

ABOUT THE GEC

What is the Global Entrepreneurship Congress?

Since launching in 2009 in Kansas City, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress has grown from 200 delegates to several thousand from more than 170 countries participating each spring. Hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and a local organization from the host country, the GEC explores the latest programs, policies and efforts to help entrepreneurs start and scale.
Who may participate?

Anyone may register and participate. Participants represent all parts of the global entrepreneurship ecosystem: entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers, government officials, startup support organizations, educators and more.
How much does it cost to attend? Do the organizers offer scholarships or cover any expenses of participants?

The cost to attend the GEC is $100 USD. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation costs as well as any other expenses incurred while attending the GEC.
Why is the GEC important?

The globalization of entrepreneurship has brought an explosion of programs, startup communities and investment into a new field where there is a paucity of data around what works and what does not in supporting nascent entrepreneurs and new firms forming and trying to scale. Traditional business, education and government leaders have been eager champions, but they need more sophisticated tools, programs and research to help them most efficiently direct their attention and funds to areas that have the greatest impact on future economic growth.

The GEC helps address these needs by identifying effective initiatives – in all types of economies, large or small, advanced or developing – that positively impact entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.
Where has the GEC been held?

The following cities have hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Congress: Kansas City (2009), Dubai (2010), Shanghai (2011), Liverpool (2012), Rio de Janeiro (2013), Moscow (2014), Milan (2015), Medellín (2016), Johannesburg (2017) and Istanbul (2018).

The 2019 host city is Manama, Bahrain.

PLANNING FOR THE GEC

When and where does the GEC take place?

The host city for GEC 2019 is Manama, Bahrain. The event takes place from April 15 – 18 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Conference Centre.

 

How do I register?

Registration will be open soon for the 2019 Global Entrepreneurshi Congress in Bahrain. Registration will be $100 USD.

Once registered, you will receive additional notifications regarding the GEC from the GEN Global communications team. These notifications will include instructions for attending the GEC, program details and speaker highlights.
How should I dress for this event?

The dress code for the GEC, its sessions and its social events and dinners is business casual.