Four Indicators for a Vibrant Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – Thoughts on the Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Earlier last month I headed out Medellin, Colombia, to learn from one of the world’s most innovative cities and the thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, and policymakers that gathered there from more than 160 countries for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

The Congress is an annual event that in 2016 was hosted by the Global Entrepreneurship Network, ANDI, the government of the city of Medellin, and the Kauffman Foundation. More info about the event at the end of the post, if you are curious.

Among other things, some of us from Kauffman hosted sessions during the congress:

-          Alicia Robb led a session on what is next for women entrepreneurs (and rocked it in Spanish)

-          Amisha Miller led a session on the future of accelerators

-          Dane Stangler had the plenary to talk about the four major forces affecting the world’s future (perhaps more importantly, he also wrote a book about it)

-          I spoke on a session about mapping and measuring entrepreneurship ecosystems  

Peter Komives at the Global Entrepreneurship Network has done a really nice recap of the measuring ecosystems session, and if you are interested on the topic, I would suggest you to check it out. But I wanted to do this blog post to mention the sessions my colleagues hosted and share what I used for my presentation -- which covers the four indicators to a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem alluded to in the title.

Below is the slide deck I used to present. Hope you enjoy it.


About the Global Entrepreneurship Congress

(from the GEC website)

Every year, the Global Entrepreneurship Congress gathers together thousands of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other startup champions from more than 160 countries to identify new ways of helping founders start and scale new ventures around the world. At the weeklong GEC, delegates make connections, gain insights, learn about new research, and leave ready to renew their programs, policy ideas or firm founder skills.

GEC 2016 will take place in an unexpected city where “The Business of Next” is a way of thinking that has radically changed a whole community. Medellín—a burgeoning startup hub that has been called by some the most innovative city in the world—promises to build on the successes of previous years.

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