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The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) is a U.S. State Department-led effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship by catalyzing and coordinating private sector and U.S. Government programs to support entrepreneurs around the world.

In the spirit of fulfilling the administration’s commitment to leverage America’s entrepreneurial culture, the GEP was launched in April 2010 at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship. It was then reinforced by the positioning of Economic Statecraft at the heart of the U.S. foreign policy agenda, selecting entrepreneurship as an important economic tool, developing economic opportunity and creating jobs in emerging markets.

Creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem

GEP supports establishing integrated entrepreneurial ecosystem by focusing on seven key areas of entrepreneurial development: identifying, training, connecting and sustaining, guiding to financing, facilitating market access, enabling supportive policy, and celebrating entrepreneurs.

Working with partners

GEP’s partners include both domestic and global NGOs, corporations, foundations, educational institutions and investors. To develop entrepreneurship ecosystems, GEP partner organizations are asked to further their activities, either by expanding current programs to a new country, or deepening existing programs in their current countries of operation.

GEP-driven programs

To fill programmatic gaps in entrepreneurship promotion abroad, GEP works with U.S. Embassies and partners to create new programs. A few illustrative examples include:

  • Angel Networks: generating new networks, or expanding to developing countries.
  • Enterprise Development Network: promoting GEP partner activities by providing instant access to information, tools, and experienced professional assistance, as well as the capital necessary for success. To access the EDN platform, please visit: http://ednaccess.com/gep.
  • Entrepreneurship Delegations: GEP led entrepreneurship delegations to Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Indonesia, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria and Turkey.
  • Mentoring Collaborations: expanding the reach of mentoring organizations around the world.
  • Women’s Entrepreneurship: Promoting the success of potential high growth, high impact women-owned enterprises to foster growth in GDP and jobs globally. Several initiatives include the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program, the WeAmericas Program, the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership, and the APEC Women Leader Network.
  • Global Celebrations: hosting regional and global summits to share best practices, connect ecosystem players, and promote cultures of entrepreneurship. The most current global celebration was the third annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), presented by Entrepreneurial Ventures of Arabia (EVA), and held in Dubai on December 11-12, 2012. The U.S. Government partnered with the United Arab Emirates for an opportunity to link U.S. economic leadership with an encouraging trend towards entrepreneurship in Muslim-majority countries. The Summit aimed to amplify this trend, thereby stimulating high-growth entrepreneurship, private-sector job creation and financing. For more information on this, or previous Summits, please visit: http://www.state.gov/entrepreneurshipsummit/


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