The Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) is a gathering of entrepreneurship ecosystem leaders from all around the world—where NGO leaders, policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
The GEC brings together thousands of delegates from 170 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. This annual event – hosted by a new entrepreneurial city each spring – is designed so that delegates return home with fresh ideas, tools and connections to leverage in their pursuit of forward-leaning entrepreneurship support efforts.
The GEC is an open, four-day conference that gathers all elements of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. At the heart of the Congress is a mix of large-scale plenary sessions for thousands of delegates and more intimate and in-depth parallel sessions conducted by leading global organizations helping entrepreneurs start and scale new businesses.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the next GEC will be on April 16-19, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey — a thriving startup hub that is both an economic and cultural cornerstone of Europe and Asia.
The congress will feature numerous parallel tracks and networking platforms for sharing and inspiration, learning and exploration and aligning and reflection.