South Africa wins bid as first African country to host 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress

South Africa wins bid as first African country to host 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress

gec2012-550x200At this week’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2015 in Milan, the Global Entrepreneurship Network announced that Johannesburg, South Africa has won the bid to host the GEC in 2017.

Accepting the award on behalf of Johannesburg, Lindiwe Zulu, South Africa’s Minister of Small Business Development said, “This is a great opportunity for South Africa and Africa as a continent to showcase its entrepreneurial prowess to the world. The GEC is a platform that would open doors for our youth, ignite entrepreneurship and put our youth in the global arena”

The GEC is an inter-disciplinary gathering of start-up champions from more than 150 countries and attracts over 4000 delegates. These delegates represent distinct components of their entrepreneurial ecosystems and are focused on how best to help entrepreneurs start and scale new companies.

“The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) continues to expand its involvement in Africa in support of helping the next generation of entrepreneurs there to rebrand the continent and permanently shift perceptions,” said Jonathan Ortmans, president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. “Johannesburg will provide an important backdrop for startup champions everywhere to come together in building one global entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

The Congress has previously been held in the United States, UAE, China, UK, Brazil, Russia and Italy. South Africa is now proud to be the first African country to host the event.

Allan Gray Orbis Foundation CEO, Anthony Farr, in Milan for the GEN’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Network annual general meeting, which takes place in conjunction with the GEC, commented,” This is a once in a generation opportunity to take a leap forward in the African entrepreneurial revolution while the eyes of the world are focussed on South Africa in 2017”

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