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Global Entrepreneurship Week |

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. In six years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 150 countries—building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of roughly 10,000 partner organizations.

Recognized around the world, GEW offers GEN Country Affiliates a springboard from which to launch new year-round programs and initiatives. The media attention GEW attracts each November creates the opportunity for GEN Country Affiliates to spotlight the founders it has helped, announce new programs and initiatives, and highlight the impact it has had during the course of the year. GEW serves as a community-building season in each nation that reaches out to the public at large to inspire more citizens to engage with the entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Startup Experience |

Startup Experience offers intensive transformational workshops designed to inspire the next generation of young entrepreneurs. It introduces students to the entrepreneurial mindset and provide hands- on training in high impact entrepreneurship. Students build creative capacity, entrepreneurial confidence, and learn effective tools to build new ventures.

A proven model with a track record of success, Startup Experience offers GEN Affiliates a program designed to foster an entrepreneurial mindset in young people. It has been especially valuable in societies where initiative and creativity has been less predominant in the national culture. It can serve as an important means of training teachers locally with tools that enable more young people to see their potential to make a job rather than take a job—something important in so many parts of the world with high rates of youth unemployment. While there are costs involved with this program, Startup Experience has helped with the creation of competitive proposals for funds to support national entrepreneurship education programming in order to fund implementation of its innovative series of workshops.


Global Enterprise Registration |

Global Enterprise Registration is an index of web portals around the world allowing online business registration or describing the business registration process. It is intended to promote the use and improvement of business registration services worldwide, by allowing easy access to existing online systems and by facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices among governments. Global Enterprise Registration is jointly produced by UNCTAD and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

GER helps GEN Country Affiliates accelerate new firm formation in two ways. One is by walking a founder through the registration process. The other is by identifying bottlenecks within the bureaucracy, an invaluable tool for policy advocacy. For a GEN country director, up-to-date and detailed information about the business registration process in their country can a vital tool in a strategy to engage more of the informal economy in entrepreneurial economic activity.



The Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations (LIONS@FRICA) is a partnership that seeks to mobilize the knowledge, expertise and resources of leading public and private institutions to encourage and enhance Africa’s innovation ecosystem and to spur entrepreneurship by investing in: capacity building, access to capital, enhanced connectivity to global markets, and credibility by raising awareness of Africa’s innovation potential. Launched at the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa, the partnership is on track to support 100,000 entrepreneurs as they launch and expand technology-based business by 2020.

The lessons won by GEN Global from implementing this program provide GEN Country Affiliates with proven models of what works in terms of supporting entrepreneurs. When developing strategies of their own, being connected through GEN to skilled and knowledgeable entrepreneur support program personal offers GEN Country Acting Managing Directors invaluable ground-level expertise and knowhow. While this is currently an African continent oriented initiative, additional regional GEN efforts may emerge.

Global Business Angels Network | 

GBAN is a global community of business angel networks and organizations focused on bringing greater public awareness and engagement to the role that business angels play in helping new firms start and scale. GBAN interfaces with entrepreneurs, policymakers, other early-stage finance actors and leading entrepreneurial support programs to strengthen the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether helping local entrepreneurial ecosystems recruit more investors, expanding geographic investment arenas beyond local markets or amplifying the angel “voice” to regulatory issue discussions, GBAN seeks to provide an inclusive, supportive community of early-stage investors around the world.

For GEN Country Affiliates that already have sophisticated angel communities, GBAN provides a way to more actively engage their nation’s angels in GEN and GEW—whether in policy development, angel recruitment or simply helping to find qualified investors, mentors, or judges for GEN or other business plan competitions. GBAN also brings insight about ecosystem investor challenges to research and policy efforts enabling GEN Country Affiliates to support local investors by empowering them with information about cutting-edge international research and policy developments, connecting them to an international investor community, and offering them new opportunities to discover high potential entrepreneurs.

For GEN Country Affiliates in places without mature angel networks, GBAN brings experienced networks and tools from across the globe to support their creation or development.


Global Entrepreneurship Library |

The Global Entrepreneurship Library, created in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation and the World Economic Forum, is an international portal of knowledge and resources to enable entrepreneurial success. The Library provides a way for useful information needed by entrepreneurs to be curated within each country, and contributed to a pool of knowledge shared internationally. Entrepreneurs can find resources by country, language, topic, type, market and stage of business.

Easy access to top-of-the-line resources enables GEN Country Affiliates to provide entrepreneurs, and those who support them, with the ideas, insights, knowledge, and wisdom of world-renowned entrepreneurship thought-leaders from across the globe. More importantly it provides a platform for distributing national research information and programs.


Startup Open |

Startup Open is a virtual competition to identify and recognize promising young startups around the world welcoming anyone who has an idea regardless of whether they entered or won a local live business plan competition. The top 50 entrants, selected from around the world, are recognized each year as the GEN 50 and considered finalists for prizes and additional opportunities. Previous winners—startups from Israel, Croatia, Ghana and the United States—have been featured by CNBC, CNN, Fast Company and Forbes.

Startup Open is a ready-made GEN Global competition that offers GEN Country Affiliates a means for identifying aspiring entrepreneurs and connecting them to global resources and exposure that will help them succeed, such as peer mentors, investors, founder clubs, and support providers among others.


Creative Business Cup |

The Creative Business Cup is the world championship for entrepreneurs in the creative industries—including design, gaming, music, film, content production, architecture and more. While these industries hold great potential, creative entrepreneurs are not as prepared with the business skills necessary to take their ideas to the next level. Winners from national competitions participate in the global final during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The Creative Business Cup leadership are experts in the special support required by creative entrepreneurs. For GEN Country Affiliates, organizing a local CBC competition offers an opportunity to tap into this expertise and connect with this particular sub-set of entrepreneurs as well as their community of supporters. CBC provides additional support targeted to creative industries startups year round.

Get in the Ring |

Get in the Ring brings promising entrepreneurs from around the world in contact with investors and inspires the next generation of entrepreneurs to begin the entrepreneurial journey. The Investment Battle is the international competition of Get in the Ring, created by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship in the Netherlands, where entrepreneurs face off in a boxing ring to secure an investment of up to €1,000,000. The battle takes place in more than 60 countries around the world between June and November, with the grand finale in Rotterdam during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Get in the Ring attracts a wide-variety of aspiring entrepreneurs. As mentioned above, connecting them with a GEN Country Affiliates enhances their ability to succeed, and GEN Country’s ability to learn about and develop programs that address their needs.


Future Agro Challenge |

The Future Agro Challenge is the world championship for innovators, visionaries, and leaders to change our everyday life through farm, food and lifestyle. The goal of the competition is to innovate farming and business practices in water management, production conservation, instant data access, crop diversity, post-harvest waste; to increase education and training; to transform primary agricultural production into biological solutions; to invent alternative uses of natural products; and to revolutionize new ways to address the importance of living healthy lifestyles.

The Future Agro Challenge provides GEN Country Affiliates with a competition for the agricultural sector—a vital and often overlooked market segment within the startup world—offering a means to reach this important sub-set of entrepreneurs. As the world adapts to changes in the environment, those who aspire to find practical solutions to such challenges as those mentioned above require a specialized community of supporters.


Global Entrepreneurship Research Network |

The Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) is a working coalition of institutions funding research as a tool in realizing the full potential of entrepreneurship to create inclusive prosperity on a global scale. Its objectives are to develop a next generation of entrepreneurship research, share lessons and knowledge, and establish open, standardized data resources. Each member organization is a leader in its nation or region in promoting entrepreneurship.

Of particular significance for GEN Country Affiliates, GERN members—that include the OECD, Princeton University, the World Bank and other global leaders in the field—undertake joint projects that map entrepreneurship ecosystems, evaluate the efficacy of entrepreneurship programs (including accelerators), and validate research methodologies (such as those that involve the use of government datasets).

Through GERN, GEN Country Affiliates are able to connect national entrepreneurship research organizations to their global counterparts, allowing them to standardize their approaches, pool data, and leverage a wider Kauffman Foundation-led consortium of researchers. Better research results, ultimately, in stronger support programs for entrepreneurs.

GEN Country Affiliates also help to inspire and welcome into the entrepreneurship community those research organizations that are not currently focusing on studying entrepreneurship by introducing them to the wide array of prestigious GERN member organizations that already recognize the importance of peer-rated projects on entrepreneurial dynamics.



Startup Nations |

Startup Nations is all about identifying policy levers that can unleash high impact entrepreneurship and innovation. It is made up of “startup savvy” policymakers and program leaders focused on exploring different regulatory changes and other policy ideas to help accelerate new and young firm formation in their economies. It shares ideas about what is working and what is not; connects to research and communicates priorities to a Global Entrepreneurship Research Network; and, enables informal knowledge sharing among economies focused on leveraging entrepreneurs and their startups.

GEN Country Affiliates are a conduit through which policymakers in one country gain access to the collective knowledge and experience of their peers in another. Startup Nations is also a means for GEN Country Affiliates to learn about new government-sponsored programs or regulatory policies aimed at increasing new firm formation, many of which may be in the early, experimental stage. When seeking answers about which policies work and which do not, Startup Nations enables GEN Country Affiliates to gain leading-edge insight into national efforts to support entrepreneurs. Further, through the annual Startup Nations Awards, GEN Country Affiliates are able to help local policymakers gain global recognition for their efforts championing startup policies.


Global Entrepreneurship Index |

The Global Entrepreneurship Index is an annual index that measures the health of entrepreneurship ecosystems in 130 countries. It collects data on the entrepreneurial attitudes, abilities and aspirations of the local population and then weights these against the prevailing social and economic infrastructure—including aspects such as broadband connectivity and transport links to external markets. Overall, it is a compass for identifying initiatives and interventions that target a country’s most critical areas and positively impact whole societies.

The Index provides GEN Country Affiliates with a snapshot overview of their entrepreneurship ecosystem and serves as an analytical tool for diagnosing key challenges that, if addressed comprehensively, would have substantial impact on new firm formation. For program planning and policy advocacy, the Index is an initial go-to resource. Moreover, GEN Global’s partnership with the GEDI Institute, which produces the Index, facilitates access to world-class experts in entrepreneurship ecosystem analysis and development.

Compass Report

The Compass Report assesses the experience of high-impact entrepreneurs in more than 30 countries so that the outcomes may help inform future policy decisions affecting new and young firms. GEN surveys more than 2,000 entrepreneurs and uses the results to guide the development of policy roundtables and discussions among the network, especially during GEW.

Because the Report lends insight into what entrepreneurs need from the wider support ecosystem and what services they most value, it empowers GEN Country Affiliates with information they can leverage for developing new initiatives, advocating for policy reforms, and raising public awareness.



Global Entrepreneurship Congress |

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) is a gathering of startup champions from around the world—where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. The Congress brings together thousands of delegates from 150 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 for GEN Country Acting Managing Directors to meet fellow practitioners and stay apprised of new ideas, insights and developments. The annual event is designed so that when Acting Managing Directors return to their country, they are able to develop fresh, forward-leaning entrepreneurship support efforts.


Startup Nations Summit |

The Startup Nations Summit gathers startup savvy policy advisors and startup community leaders to identify effective policy levers and public sector-driven programs that are making an impact in advancing entrepreneurial growth around the world. Startup Nations members share ideas about what is working and what is not in their respective environments, connect to research and enable informal knowledge sharing.  They also bring entrepreneurs to share first hand details about barriers they face in starting or scaling their business at home.

For GEN Country Affiliates, the annual Summit is an opportunity to offer government ministers and national policy advisors an international forum in which to listen to and learn from their peers from around the world who are grappling with similar domestic policy challenges in government. During the Summit, they are able to exchange information with policy leaders about cutting-edge government programs and regulatory practices aimed at increasing new firm formation and gain insight about the ways in which other national governments support entrepreneurs.