The Government of Kenya has agreed to co-host the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 (GES2015) this July. Organized annually since 2009, the GES has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from business, international organizations, and governments looking to support them. This will be the first time the GES will take place in sub-Saharan Africa.
President Obama will travel to Kenya in July 2015, where he will hold bilateral meetings and participate in the GES2015. His trip will build on the success of the August 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit and continue efforts to work with countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya, to accelerate economic growth, strengthen democratic institutions, and improve security. This will be President Obama’s fourth trip to sub-Saharan Africa during his presidency.
Benefits of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015
GES is an annual summit bringing together entrepreneurs – including social entrepreneurs — business people, venture capitalists and foundations for an intense two-day conference to network, learn from each other, and identify ways to improve the entrepreneurial ecosystem. GES is a White House initiative that partners with a different host country each year to showcase the dynamism of the local environment and hopefully strengthen entrepreneurial infrastructure.
Last year’s U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit advanced the Administration’s focus on trade and investment in Africa and highlighted America’s commitment to Africa’s security, its democratic development, and its people. The theme of the Summit was “Investing in the Next Generation,” and leveraging entrepreneurship throughout the continent is a direct outgrowth of this longstanding support to Africa’s next generation of leaders. During the Leaders’ Summit, the President committed to holding the 6th annual GES in sub-Saharan Africa. Kenya’s selection as the location for this year’s Summit highlights the country’s role as an economic leader in East Africa and the dynamism and innovation that characterizes Kenya’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Membership for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015
We expect members of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network and from the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) to be well represented at Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 Nairobi, as well as those from other USG women and youth initiatives.
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