GEN-Sri Lanka brings together the ENTREPRNEURIAL ECOSYSTEM in Sri Lanka - to work with all current initiatives and agencies:  to COLLABORATE, CONNECT and CELEBRATE entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka while inspiring entrepreneurs to START, SCALE and SUCCEED.

Our aim is to create an ECOSYSTEM - NETWORK & PLATFORM to support ENTREPRENEURSHIP & ENTREPRENEURS throughout the country, and to internationalize the Ecosystem.

GEN Sri Lanka invites all stakeholders, including:























GEW 2019 will be held from November 18-24, 2019


10 million people. 35,000 events. 170+ countries. Every November. One Week. Removing barriers and welcoming all. 


GEW is a celebration of entrepreneurs—innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential to START, SCALE and SUCCEED.

These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities. Millions who had never before considered launching their own ventures soak up advice and inspiration from the likes of Richard Branson, Michael Dell, Muhammad Yunus and Jeff Hoffman.

Thousands of brand new startups spring to life through bootcamps like Startup Weekend and competitions like Startup Open. Hundreds of universities strengthen connections that help them commercialize research from their labs. Researchers and policymakers engage in discussions around the world to examine the underlying policies necessary to promote entrepreneurial growth.

And serial entrepreneurs share their expertise through activities like EO24, run by the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and practical training courses like FastTrac.

Meanwhile, world leaders and local elected officials alike have embraced the campaign as they look to fuel the economic engine of high-growth startups in their own countries and communities. Heads of state and ministers from many countries supported Global Entrepreneurship Week by speaking at activities during the Week, filming statements of support or otherwise endorsing the national campaigns in their countries. GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.


Why Global Entrepreneurship Week Matters:

1. The Opportunity Gap:   When you travel around the world, it is clear that talent is distributed pretty evenly. People are smart, ambitious, and creative in cities, villages, and everything in between. At the same time, the opportunities to use those talents just don't exist for many. I think this is one of the most important injustices for us to recognize and redress to build a healthier, more equitable 21st century. GEW's focus on global entrepreneurship is a great way to highlight that, brilliant ideas and great organizations can come from anyone, anywhere.

2. Sense of Common Purpose:   Entrepreneurs often feel a tension between the desire for creative freedom and the desire to be a part of something larger than themselves and their companies. Worldwide events like GEW have the potential to speak to that second desire, and in the process pull people out of themselves, even if just for a minute to discover new partners and new inspiration.

3. Aspirational Model:   Who young people look at and celebrate can make a significant difference in how they behave and what they aspire to become. Highlighting not just entrepreneurs, but peer entrepreneurs, has an immense validating power.

4. The Youth Bulge:   Predictions of escalating unemployment among youth in developing nations; Job creation just isn't keeping pace with growth among the under-30 population, particularly in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. For the most part, these regions don't have the same kind of entrepreneurial support systems enjoyed by developed nations. They also don't have consistent access to quality education, so employability becomes a greater issue, especially at the bottom of the pyramid. Helping youth understand the basic tenets of running your own business is a great start. Global Entrepreneurship Week does that, and provides models and idea exchanges to motivate budding entrepreneurs.

5. It is more than just a week:   Global Entrepreneurship Week is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate all the amazing work that goes on year-round. Our partners (the wonderful organizations that run activities during the Week) use Global Entrepreneurship Week to launch something new, showcase their projects, or just generally raise the profile of entrepreneurship in their locality. They do this because we all recognize that entrepreneurship is a force for good. It can lift people out of poverty, enable people to take control of their own lives, or simply turn their passions into profit. Activities range from enterprise competitions to talks from local role models to large scale conferences.


GEN Global Announces Global Themes for #GEW2019

Each year, Global Entrepreneurship Week reaches millions of people through local, national and global events and activities – often framed by key global themes that shine a spotlight on leading topics in entrepreneurship.  

At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Manama, Bahrain, the Global Entrepreneurship Network announced the four global themes for #GEW2019 education, ecosystems, inclusion and policy.  

From large-scale startup competitions and workshops to small, community discussions – GEW reaches new audiences and connects participants to a network that can help them take the next step, no matter where they are on their entrepreneurial journey. 

Here are the 2019 global themes:

GEW Education | #GEWeducation 
Education can inform and expose people of all ages to entrepreneurship. Communities can mobilize entrepreneurship education through many different vehicles – from early-childhood learning centers, to colleges and universities, vocation institutions, makerspaces and more. Providing the right information and tools to those with an interest in entrepreneurship can foster creativity and skills to grow sustainable businesses – improving not only local entrepreneurial ecosystems, but also strengthening the skilled job force. 

GEW Education works to share resources, raise awareness and provide skills training to potential entrepreneurs around the world. This theme celebrates the tools and programs communities use to foster entrepreneurship. 

GEW Ecosystems | #GEWecosystems 
The Global Entrepreneurship Network and other entrepreneurship support organizations around the world are looking beyond Silicon Valley to facilitate collaboration and partnership between startup ecosystems in promising mid-tier cities. Sharing knowledge and connecting local ecosystem leaders has become increasingly important in building healthy and thriving entrepreneurial communities. 

GEW Ecosystems aims to inspire communities to collaborate and share their networks and markets to help their rising startups thrive. This theme celebrates the shared challenges and triumphs of entrepreneurship communities and hubs around the world. 

GEW Inclusion | #GEWinclusion 
Entrepreneurship is a positive force that drives innovation, creates wealth and improves lives in communities, cities and countries alike. But not everyone has the same opportunity. Race, age, gender, or where one lives should not be an obstacle to entrepreneurship. Anyone anywhere should be able to realize their dream and start a business quickly, inexpensively, and without barriers. 

GEW Inclusion will highlight the work startup champions are doing around the world to minimize barriers and obstacles for entrepreneurs by maximizing inclusion. This theme celebrates diversity in all forms, including women and youth in entrepreneurship. Activities, workshops and speaker series held around the world will explore the obstacles entrepreneurs from underserved populations may face, and discovering solutions through access to success stories, training, capital and mentorship. 

GEW Policy | #GEWpolicy 
Startup ecosystems are led by their entrepreneurs, but government plays an important role in helping them flourish – removing barriers, resetting the regulatory environment and emphasizing connections and catalytic events. A new generation of public sector officials and startup-savvy advisors are hacking policy solutions to help local entrepreneurs start and scale. 

GEW policy will highlight the work of governments and policymakers to help entrepreneurs everywhere start and scale. 


Inviting stakeholders of the Sri Lankan Entrepreneurship Ecosystem to Join in the Celebration – and to link with the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

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Please contact, Suresh de Mel : sdemel@genglobal.org