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11.02.2014 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Moscow, Russia, March 17-20, 2014

Key issues covered include:

  • Mapping entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • New developments in startup financing
  • Connecting entrepreneurs to the best resources
  • Emerging entrepreneurial hotspots
  • Global expansion of the producer movement       

The Global Entrepreneurship Congress provides an opportunity to:

  • Collaborate with startup champions from 140 countries on the best approaches to strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world.
  • Exchange ideas on research and policies that are favorable to new firm formation.
  • Enhance the networks of startups and entrepreneurs while showing them how collaborative communities can help them launch and scale.
  • Increase global recognition of entrepreneurs for the role they play in creating jobs, building economies and coming up with innovative solutions that make the world a better place.

Special Features of the Business Program

On 17-20 March 2014, Moscow will host for the very first time to one of the cornerstone events in the world of business and entrepreneurship — Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2014, organized by the Moscow City Government, Global Entrepreneurship Week and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (USA).

The main venue of the Congress will be Manege Central Exhibition Hall.

The primary objective of the 2014 Congress is to give participants the impetus to bring their own ideas to life while inspiring them to create and implement new projects.

The business program of the Congress, in keeping with this primary objective, features a distinctive thematic structure and thrust. Each day is devoted to a certain topic, which will serve as the framework for consideration of the most pressing concerns facing the creation and development of small- and medium-sized enterprises.

“The Global Entrepreneurship Congress encompasses a diverse and wide-ranging program. We want to table for discussion all of the current challenges entailed in the creation and development of small- and medium-sized enterprises. We anticipate that every Congress participant will come away from the event with something personal — new knowledge, contacts, ties and a new impetus to build or grow their business,” notes Alexei Komissarov, Minister of the Moscow City Government, Head of the Moscow City Department for Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship.

The first day of the Congress has been given the theme “Sustainable Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.” The “Finance”, “Regulation”, “Knowledge”, and “Business Economics” sections will feature a discussion of issues related to financing and the role of the government in the development of entrepreneurship, as well as the need for business education, mentoring, and social entrepreneurship as a public service.

The keynote speakers of the first day will be Thom Ruhe, Vice President of Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Boris Titov, Russian Federation Presidential Commissioner for the Protection for the Entrepreneurs’ Rights, Sergey Borisov, Vice President of Sberbank of Russia OJSC for Small Business Development, Boris Simonov, Head of the Federal Service for Intellectual Property (Rospatent) of the Russian Federation and Laurence Wright, Startup Projects Director at the Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

The theme of the second day has been designated as “Starting & Scaling: Experience in various sectors”. The “Services,” “IT and Digital”, “Construction & Infrastructure”, and “Agribusiness” sections will give participants the opportunity to discuss the actual experience of creating a business in different fields: utility entrepreneurship, formats of commercial business and the public foodservice industry, development outlook in the IT and game industry, the application of new technologies in construction, issues of transportation-service development, and foreign experience with farming coops and the use of innovative solutions in agribusiness.

Keynote speakers of the second day — Natalia Kaspersky, Chief Executive Officer of InfoWatch Group; Shahar Waiser, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Get Taxi; Sergey Borisov, Founder and Commercial Director of Apps4All; Alexey Ermilov, Founder and Co-owner of Chop Chop; and Ilona Lepp, Client Service Director at Nielsen Northeastern Europe — people whose real-world experience in business creation and development is bound to help entrepreneurs in the solution of pressing issues.

The third day of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress will be devoted to the theme “Services for Entrepreneurs.” Each of the sections scheduled for the third day will explore the possibility of utilizing various services for business support and development. The “Capital for Business” section will feature a discussion of popular financial products for entrepreneurs and the role of insurance. The “Marketing and Promotion” section will raise issues of branding and digital marketing as a new format for attracting customers. The reliability of electronic money and use of IT solutions in business are topics that will be covered in the “IT Services” section. The “Entrepreneur’s Profile” section will examine the nuances of running a family business and the field of women’s entrepreneurship.

On that same day, Andrew Paulson, Founder of SUP Media, Oliver Gajda, Chairman and Executive Director of the European Crowdfunding Network, Andrey Romanenko, General Director of QIWI, Arkady Volozh, Founder and General Director of Yandex, Viktor Dostov, President of the Russian Electronic Money Association, Amy Cosper, Editor-in-Chief at Entrepreneur Media, and Igor Sagenbaev, Chairman of the Management Board at the Russian Association of Family Business will take part in a discussion of the pressing issues raised on the third day of the Congress.

The program of the Global Entrepreneurship Congress thematically encompasses all aspects of the creation and development of small- and medium-sized enterprises. Each day of the Congress will afford participants the opportunity to discuss the issues of greatest concern to entrepreneurs in various event formats: roundtables, panel discussions and case-studies. The uniqueness of the speakers and diversity of formats is sure to let Congress participants and visitors come away from the event with an invaluable trove of new knowledge and gain inspiration for the creation and implementation of new projects.