Global Entrepreneurship Congress Named ‘Best Business Event’ of 2014 by Moscow Times

Industry: Entrepreneurs

Congress connects thousands of entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers and startup champions from 153 countries in building one global entrepreneurial ecosystem

Washington, DC (PRUnderground) December 17th, 2014

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), held steps away from Red Square in Moscow earlier this year, was named recently by the Moscow Times as the Best Business Event of 2014.

Hosted in Moscow at a time of political uncertainty where national differences were under the microscope, the GEC demonstrated the similarities between startup communities and the willingness of entrepreneurial ecosystems to work together and flourish.

“There is a growing demand from cities, communities and countries around the world for stronger entrepreneurial ecosystems and the new startups and economic growth they deliver,” said Jonathan Ortmans, chair of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress. “The Congress fosters collaboration among a wide range of startup champions–strengthening connections and building one global ecosystem.“

Anchored by the Start+Scale Forum and the Research+Policy Summit, the GEC includes dozens of related parallel events conducted by leading global organizations actively supporting the spread of an entrepreneurial culture—as well as local fringe events aimed at helping nascent entrepreneurs start and grow new firms.

The recognition continues the growth and evolution of the event since it was launched in Kansas City at the Kauffman Foundation in 2009 for Global Entrepreneurship Week hosts from 55 countries. In Moscow, thousands of delegates–including government leaders, entrepreneurs, researchers, policymakers, investors and others–from 153 countries participated in the week-long Congress.

Other cities that have hosted the GEC before Moscow are: Dubai, UAE; Shanghai, China; Liverpool, UK; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The next Global Entrepreneurship Congress will be held in Milan, Italy, from March 16-19, 2015. Registration for the 2015 Congress is open at

About Global Entrepreneurship Network

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN)  operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration through initiatives engaging entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. For details on the programs and initiatives that make up GEN, visit and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

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