Global Entrepreneurship Congress Kicks Off in Rio on Monday

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress will kick off on Monday in Rio de Janeiro, marking not only one of the year’s most important events in the Latin American entrepreneurial ecosystem but also a premier gathering for thought leaders around the world.

What is the GEC?

The event website describes it as an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world.” It is a meeting point where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders, policymakers and related professionals can come together, discuss ideas, drive economic growth and share ways to make an impact on the world at large.

Throughout its four-year trajectory, the GEC has played an essential role in expanding the global entrepreneurship ecosystem. This year’s Rio de Janeiro edition of the GEC will focus on a wide range of topics and themes, including experiential education, startup cities, financing, government policy and strategies for scaling.

Event organizers will bring in entrepreneurial leaders from around the globe to present at the GEC, providing attendees the opportunity to rub elbows with la crème de la crème in entrepreneurship and sit in on both keynote speeches and discussion panels covering topics highly relevant in today’s business world. The list of confirmed speakers includes Brad Feld (Foundry Group and TechStars), Linda Rottenberg (Endeavor), Marc Nager (Startup Weekend) and Bel Pesce (Lemon).

This year’s GEC is hosted by Global Entrepreneurship Week, Endeavor Brasil and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

To find out more about the event and follow the goings-on of the 2013 GEC as it plays out, visit