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08/02/2017: Countdown to GEC 2017 kicks off with Kenya road trip
08 February 2017
More than 160 countries will be represented at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in South Africa.

The GEC 2017 is being held for the first time on the African continent, signaling to the global investment community that South Africa is open for business and is ready to lead the entrepreneurial revolution on the African continent.

The City of Johannesburg is raring to host the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC 2017), which will be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 13 – 16 March 2017. The GEC, which is the largest gathering of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policymakers, is being held on the African continent for the first time. With a few weeks remaining before the official opening, a South African delegation is journeying to Nairobi, Kenya, in an effort to raise awareness as well as drive participation from the Kenyan community for GEC 2017.

The delegation has partnered with WECREATE Kenya and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Kenya to meet with a variety of key stakeholders and entrepreneurs in Nairobi from 25 to 26 January.

WECREATE serves as an entrepreneurial community center for women interested in starting or expanding an existing business. The Center provides mentoring, business connections, specialized training, connections to the community, media attention, access to markets and capital, along with the technical tools and resources necessary for taking any business to the next level.

Alesimo Mwanga, Research & Development Executive at SEA Africa, says: “As entrepreneurship continues to evolve, many opportunities are available for entrepreneurs within the African context. The theme for GEC 2017 is Digital Disruption and I am hopeful that this trip will encourage African entrepreneurs to journey down to Johannesburg for GEC 2017 and seize the available opportunities to them within the digital realm and market their respective value propositions to the international community.”

The visit to the East African country will also highlight the following agenda: Address Africa’s poor integration, challenges to intra-trade and barriers growth; Connect African entrepreneurs and encourage new partnerships and collaborations; Promote youth entrepreneurship in regional and continental communities; Encourage and expand intra-African trade; Engage, network and explore partnerships with local and regional ecosystem role-players.

Kunle Awosika, Microsoft Kenya Country Manager and a Digital Technology and Innovation panelist, says: “At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. GEC 2017 is the perfect platform to encourage conversation, share learnings and create the mindset necessary to help entrepreneurs and start-ups succeed amid global challenges, new trends and untapped potential. The fact that these conversations are happening in Africa is testament to the inherent entrepreneurial capability of our people and reinforces our commitment as Microsoft to support SMEs through the “Microsoft 4Afrika initiative.”


Issued by Battalion Communications on behalf of SEA Africa.

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Last Updated on 08 February 2017