At yesterday’s opening ceremony of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2015 in Milan, the Global Entrepreneurship Network announced that Johannesburg, South Africa has won the bid to host the GEC in 2017.
Accepting the award on behalf of Johannesburg, Lindiwe Zulu, South Africa’s Minister of Small Business Development said, “I am confident that this award will help sustain the momentum of an entrepreneurial revolution that was given impetus by President Jacob Zuma, when he announced the establishment of the new Ministry of Small Business Development. GEC 2017 will ensure that small business development remains firmly on the national agenda and the radar screen of all stakeholders.”
The GEC is an inter-disciplinary gathering of start-up champions from more than 150 countries and attracts over 4000 delegates. These delegates represent distinct components of their entrepreneurial ecosystems and are focused on how best to help entrepreneurs start and scale new companies.
“This is indeed an honour and also an opportunity to entrench the City of Johannesburg’s objective to encourage entrepreneurship in order to stimulate economic growth and create jobs, while also emphasising Joburg’s credentials as a leading business events destination, capable of hosting such important global meetings,” says Ruby Mathang, City of Johannesburg’s MMC for Economic Development. “A large four-day conference like this, which is expected to attract some 4000 international delegates has significant economic benefits for the tourism, leisure and hospitality sectors – approximately R45m for Johannesburg alone.”
The Congress has previously been held in the United States, UAE, China, UK, Brazil, Russia and Italy. South Africa is the first African country to host the event. For more information on the annual Global Entrepreneurship Week in South Africa or the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2017, please contact:
• SEA Africa: Julia Rachoene az.oc.acirfaaes@ofni +27 (0)82 459 9541
• Department of Small Business Development: Cornelius Monama: +27(0)82 578 4063 az.vog.dbsd@amanomc
• Johannesburg Tourism: Laura Vercueil: moc.msiruotgruboj@varual +27(0)82 920 2574
• City of Johannesburg Economic Development: Tsholo Mogotsi: az.gro.gruboj@molohst