On January 26, the Hub participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017 (GEC) launch event in Nairobi, Kenya, organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network and WECREATE Kenya. The event showcased upcoming opportunities for African entrepreneurs at the GEC and encouraged participation. More than 100 investors are confirmed to take part in the GEC, scheduled for March 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Key players in the East African entrepreneurial eco system, as well as the government Ministry of Trade, Industry and cooperatives and Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, attended the launch event. The Hub’s Investment Director, Ms. Kanini Mutooni participated in a panel discussion on improving intra-regional trade and access to finance opportunities for businesses, which will be a key theme at the GEC event.
Global Entrepreneurship Congress features a wide variety of sessions to explore what’s next in the areas of entrepreneurship and investment, such as:
- Innovative entrepreneurship education and support programs to create that entrepreneurial mindset necessary to accelerate the growth of high-potential startups;
- The power of data to serve as both a fuel for entrepreneurs as well as guide to shape the policies that help them flourish;
- How startups are beginning to solve major global challenges;
- Identifying new trends in increasing the availability of early-stage capital;
- Exploring efforts to unleash the untapped potential of women and youth; and more.
The 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Congress is hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network(GEN), SEA Africa, the City of Johannesburg and the Kauffman Foundation and offers participants access to information about a wide array of GEN research, programs and events throughout the world year-round.