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Entrepreneurship Efforts


Inspired by President Obama’s June 2009 Cairo speech, "A New Beginning," and the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April 2010, the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) was established as a vital link between government and private sector to enhance global entrepreneurship and innovation.

GEP works with U.S. embassies and partners to generate investment networks, supports mentoring opportunities, hosts global celebrations, and seeks to advance the women and youth business development.

GEP organizes events with non-government partners including NGOs, universities, foundations and the private sector and U.S. government agencies such as the Department of Commerce, USAID, OPIC, SBA and the Millennium Challenge Corporation as a catalyst to innovation in the 21st century.

Global Entrepreneurship Program
Coordinated by the State Department's Economic and Business Affairs Bureau, the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) seeks to promote entrepreneurs and inspire innovation by coordinating private sector partners and government programs that support entrepreneurs around the world. GEP also trains entrepreneurs and innovators, connects them with business networks, provides guidance in financing and market access, and celebrates their successes. The Global Entrepreneurship Program also coordinates with other U.S. Government initiatives towards these activities. More»

WECREATE
The Women’s Entrepreneurial Centers of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) are physical entrepreneurial community centers in safe and centralized locations. At these centers, women gain access to vital resources that enable established business to expand and allow microenterprises to grow from an informal business into a professional enterprise. More»

Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC)
MUSEIC is a bi-national partnership that aims to enhance regional competitiveness by strengthening the North American high-impact entrepreneurship ecosystem. Created by the governments of Mexico and the United States, MUSEIC brings together stakeholders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address entrepreneurial challenges and create opportunities for American and Mexican small business enterprises. More»

Partners for a New Beginning
This independent group of 12 eminent Americans, chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute; and Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola, serve as a global catalyst to build partnerships to advance entrepreneurship, innovation and education opportunities by bringing together business leaders in the U.S. private sector—, as well as universities, foundations, and NGOs. More»

TechWomen Program
TechWomen is a professional mentorship program for women working in science, technology, engineering and math fields in Africa, Central Asia and the Middle East. TechWomen’s exchange program supports participant travel to the United States to work with mid-level female employees at U.S. firms, and American counterparts travel to participants' home regions to enhance interest for girls in STEM fields and to offer skills development. More»

Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is a key vehicle to improve economic conditions and expand job creation and social change in the Mediterranean region, and MEPI is committed to fostering economic and social entrepreneurship to unlock innovation, spur private sector development, and create new employment opportunities for the region’s young population. More»


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