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Jonathan Ortmans

President , Global Entrepreneurship Network

Jonathan Ortmans serves as president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a year-round platform of global 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 150 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, unearthing innovations for society and strengthening economic stability around the world. Programs and support organizations include:

  • Global Entrepreneurship Week Inc. (GEW) – 25,000 events, 150 countries, 1 week each November.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) – an annual gathering of thousands of delegates looking to build and strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems.
  • Startup Nations – a collection of startup savvy policymakers and startup community supporters exploring different regulatory changes and other policy ideas to help accelerate new firm formation.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Research Network – a working coalition of institutions dedicated to advancing research in the field.
  • Global Entrepreneurship Index – an annual index that measures the health of entrepreneurship ecosystems in 130 countries and provides a compass for identifying initiatives and interventions that target a country’s most critical areas for economic growth and positively impact whole societies.

Ortmans also serves as a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In addition to the national boards for GEN around the world, he serves on the boards of several non-profits including the Center for Entrepreneurship in Moscow.

Trained as an economist, with two startups and exits under his belt, Ortmans blogs weekly on high-growth entrepreneurship at and has emerged as a chief global strategist in building startup ecosystems around the world. Ortmans lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three young children.