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 eight years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 160 countries – building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 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.



Global Business Angels Network | 

Global Business Angels Network interfaces with entrepreneurs, policymakers, early-stage finance actors and leading entrepreneurial support programs to strengthen the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. Whether helping 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.


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 and entrepreneurial confidence, and learn effective tools to build new ventures.


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 the Global Entrepreneurship Network. 

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.


Startup Open |

Startup Open is a global startup competition organized on GEN’s Startup Compete platform to identify, connect and recognize promising young startups around the world. The top virtual applicants from around the world join the global winners of GEN’s affiliated live competitions in being offered admission into GEN’s Starters Club. Following due diligence and interviews with a panel of investors, the top GEN Starters travel to the GEC to be recognized in front of the world – and to face off against other finalists. Previous winners – which include 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.


GEN Starters Club |

GEN Starters Club is a global community made up of talented founders whose promising startups have been battle-tested through one or more of GEN’s global startup competitions. It provides a global interface – reaching more than 160 countries – with fellow challenge winners, experienced entrepreneurs, startup champions and potential investors for support and continued growth. GEN Starters Club provides insight and advice from GEN Mentors, enhanced exposure, curated networking opportunities at special events around the world and the chance to be part of a like-minded community of passionate and promising entrepreneurs.



Startup Compete is a global networking site and competition platform for aspiring entrepreneurs, mentors and advisors to connect with each other and bring potential business ideas to market.The customizable white-label platform has powered hundreds of competitions in more than 125 countries – providing organizers with a simple and efficient tool to manage their competitions and offer emerging startups a chance to hone their skills and make connections that will take them to the next level.



Global Entrepreneurship Research Network |

The Global Entrepreneurship Research Network 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 a collection of startup savvy policymakers and program leaders from more than 80 countries on six continents – all focused on exploring different regulatory changes and policy levers to help accelerate new firm formation and unleash high impact entrepreneurship on their economies. It 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 – this includes 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.

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. 




Global Entrepreneurship Congress |

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress 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 GEC 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 features startup-savvy policy advisors and startup community leaders collaborating on smarter policies and public sector driven programs to better enable high-impact entrepreneurship. GEN cohosts the event each year in late November as the official conclusion to Global Entrepreneurship Week. The summit launched in 2012 in Toronto and has since been held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Seoul, South Korea; and Monterrey, Mexico.

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.


GEC+ |

Since it launched in Kansas City, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress has evolved into a large-scale event that brings together thousands of delegates covering diverse elements of startup ecosystems around the world. GEC+ has now emerged to fill a need for more focused and in-depth collaboration – bringing global expertise to bear on a concentrated issue or geographic region – to accelerate new firm formation and strengthen local, national and regional ecosystems.