The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world—where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

The 2013 Congress takes place from March 18 – 21, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with core sessions taking place at the Rodrigo de Freitas Lagoon and fringe events held throughout Rio.

Over the past four years, the Congress has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality.

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress:

Provides a platform for policymakers and researchers to exchange ideas and approaches on how to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems through policies and initiatives favorable to new firm formation.
Enhances the networks of startups and helps entrepreneurs see how collaborative communities in cities around the world can help them in their efforts to launch and scale.
Improves global collaboration and expands awareness of both top-down and bottom-up national efforts to legitimize entrepreneurs and engage their citizens in entrepreneurial activity.
Increases global public recognition of entrepreneurs for the role they play in creating jobs, building economies and coming up with innovative solutions that make the world a better place.
In Rio this year, thinkers, doers and leaders from diverse economies around the world will focus on how both policymakers and startup communities can better understand each other and work together to promote an environment more conducive to startups and the growth of young firms. The Congress will focus on awareness and celebration, experiential education, startup cities, financing growth, smart top down government policies and strategies for scaling up.

Cadu Alves