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Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) is a year-round platform of programs and initiatives created by the communities that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week each November. Aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem, GEN helps people in 160 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, unearthing innovations for society and strengthening economic stability around the world.

Ranging from efforts to inspire and educate nascent entrepreneurs to advancing research and connecting global leaders in person, GEN is building one global startup community and ecosystem. Starting as a grassroots movement anchored in established economies with stable political systems, GEN has matured into a year-round global platform operating in all types of economies and cultures.

GEN is a compass to help address these needs by identifying effective initiatives that positively impact whole societies, and interventions that target the most critical areas for entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. GEN’s mission includes:

  • Expanding the number of ordinary citizens working for or starting firms around the world by fully legitimizing entrepreneurs in all cultures and economies. The world needs more entrepreneurs.
  • Increasing understanding between the new and traditional elements of emerging startup communities and ecosystems including the constructive engagement of the public sector in supporting entrepreneur designed public programs. It takes a village where everyone—including the ‘tucked’ and ‘un-tucked’ shirts—collaborates to succeed.
  • Supporting the emergence of a new class of global entrepreneurs with access to research, programs and networks inside the 150 nation strong GEW network. National boundaries are porous to innovation and a new creative class of risk takers is hard-wired to a global network.
  • Connecting an emerging community of national startup policy advisors with a next generation network of world-class entrepreneurship research institutions in an effort to generate more robust research and data to support evidence-based policymaking and more effective entrepreneurial support programming. In short, data and analysis on what works and what does not in helping new firm formation.