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Small Business Grants

Prompted by a global pandemic forcing so many businesses to close in 2020, the Global Entrepreneurship Network immediately got to work developing COVID-19 resource centers, hackathons and more, including finding ways to quickly get financial help directly in the hands of entrepreneurs. By the end of the year, thanks to partnerships with Hello Alice, eBay, Verizon, UBS, Mastercard, KKR and several private donors, GEN was able to send nearly $2 million in $10,000 grants to entrepreneurs from historically underrepresented communities both in the United States and overseas.


During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. In eight years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to 180 countries – building and strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world

Global Forum + Events

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is a 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.

Research + Policy

Startup Nations is a collection of policymakers and leaders of public-sector programs focused on identifying and exploring innovative regulatory changes and other policy levers to help accelerate the growth of new and young firms in their economies.

Programs + Resources, Research + Policy

The Global Entrepreneurship Research Network is a working coalition that catalyzes and aligns research that is integrally linked with the practice of entrepreneurship and the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Programs + Resources

The Global Business Angels Network is a global community of business angel networks and organizations coordinated by the Global Entrepreneurship Network. GBAN brings greater public awareness and engagement to the role that business angels play in helping new firms start and scale.

Programs + Resources

Startup Huddle is a program designed to educate, engage, and connect entrepreneurs. It is based on the notion that the best way for entrepreneurs to discover solutions to the challenges they face is through purposeful engagement with one another.

Programs + Resources

GEN Starters Club is a global community made up of talented founders whose promising startups have been battle-tested through one or more of GEN’s global startup competitions. It provides a global interface – reaching more than 180 countries – with fellow challenge winners, experienced entrepreneurs, startup champions and potential investors for support and continued growth.

Programs + Resources

GEN Accelerates provides capacity-building programming to strengthen and grow local, national and regional entrepreneurship ecosystems. It combines a powerful virtual platform with plug-and-play curriculum and structured mentorship for entrepreneurs, accelerators and ecosystem builders with experts in the field and a global network of in-country support to help entrepreneurs flourish everywhere.

Programs + Resources

Global Enterprise Registration is an index of web portals around the world allowing online business registration or describing the business registration process. It is intended to promote the use and improvement of business registration services worldwide, by allowing easy access to existing online systems and by facilitating the exchange of experiences and best practices among governments.


The GEN Campus initiative is an effort to create scalable startup villages where entrepreneurs can connect, collaborate and share knowledge and networks in ecosystems where talent is plentiful but opportunity is not. Healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems benefit from new and young firm density within a given geographic area – making it easy for entrepreneurs to connect with each other and access the resources they need. 

Programs + Resources

GEN Space provides an ecosystem platform to help stimulate the creation of startups and scale-ups focused on entrepreneurial opportunities in space.

Global Forum + Events

GEN Connect is a collection of virtual platforms that offer access for registered members to individuals and organizations within the Global Entrepreneurship Network. The platforms include an evolving set of tools to help strengthen local ecosystem connections while working to unite them under the banner of one global ecosystem. 

Global Forum + Events

Since it launched in Kansas City, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress has evolved into a large-scale event that brings together thousands of delegates covering diverse elements of startup ecosystems around the world.

Global Forum + Events
Startup Nations Summit

The Startup Nations Summit features startup-savvy policy advisors and startup community leaders collaborating on smarter policies and public sector driven programs to better enable high-impact entrepreneurship.