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Second Entrepreneurship Summit

December 3-6, 2011
Second Entrepreneurship Summit - Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda

Second Entrepreneurship Summit - Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda

Second Global Entrepreneurship Summit under the theme of “Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda” will be held on 03-06 December 2011 at Istanbul Harbiye Convention Center

The summit under the theme "Entrepreneurship, Values and Development: A Global Agenda" was hosted by Turkey in Istanbul on 3-6 December 2011 under the auspices Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, and under the coordination of the Prime Ministry.

The Summit is the follow-up of the "Entrepreneurship Summit" hosted by the USA in Washington on 26-27 April 2010. The objective of the first summit was to deepen the ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. In this context, 275 Muslim entrepreneurs from 59 countries ranging from Morocco to Indonesia, from Uganda to Kazakhstan, from France to India participated in the Summit.

The overall objective of the Second Global Summit on Entrepreneurship to be held in Istanbul Congress Center is to improve the culture of entrepreneurship for cross cultural approximation and sustainable development, to support global cooperation among entrepreneurs and to share success stories. In line with this objective, we have exerted great effort to ensure participation from countries all over the world. The Summit will reach to a level in which entrepreneurship will be discussed at a global scale and it will allow the participants to create networks with their peers ranging various fields thus providing a unique contribution to the global entrepreneurship ecosystem. Leading investors, financiers, entrepreneurs, representatives from NGOs and academicians will be attending the Summit.


Global Entrepreneurship Program

The Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP), led by Senior Advisor for Global Entrepreneurship Shelly Porges is a U.S. State Department-led effort to promote and spur entrepreneurship around the world. Announced by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April 2010, the GEP highlights the United States’ commitment to use our entrepreneurial culture to advance entrepreneurship in emerging markets and developing countries.

The U.S. Department of State has the unique ability to play the role of convener, coordinator and connector. Utilizing this ability, the GEP marshals primarily non-governmental partners around six key areas that are essential to creating a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem. These six areas include: identifying promising entrepreneurs, training them, connecting and sustaining entrepreneurs, guiding them to capital, advocating for supportive policy and regulations, and celebrating their successes.


In President Obama's announcement on June 2009 in his Cairo speech, "A New Beginning," and on the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April, the focus on global entrepreneurship is a growing element in our foreign economic and development policy. CBA supports this commitment to entrepreneurship through a variety of mechanisms. See the links below for more information.

Global Entrepreneurship Program
This embassy-based program coordinated from the State Department's Economic, Energy, and Business Bureau seeks to enlist and coordinate partners by identifying entrepreneurs, training them, connecting them to colleagues, guiding them to funding, sustaining their good work, and celebrating their successes. The Global Entrepreneurship Program will also direct U.S. government programs towards these activities. 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, will champion a new effort that will reach out to the full array of U.S. private sector partners--companies, universities, foundations, and NGOs--to contribute resources and capabilities to advance the New Beginning effort. More»

Entrepreneurs for a New Beginning
This is a new two-way professional exchange program for rising business and social entrepreneurs. The State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs will bring 100 entrepreneurs to the U.S. and will work with private sector partners to send 100 American entrepreneurs abroad over the next 4 years. More»

TechWomen Program
TechWomen is a new professional mentorship program for women from eligible Muslim-majority countries working in technology. Participants will travel to the U.S. in the spring of 2011 to work with mid-level female employees at U.S. firms, and select American counterparts will travel to participants' home regions to offer skills development for a broader range of women. More»

E-Mentor Corps
The State Department has partnered with online platforms to begin coordinating a corps of entrepreneurship mentors. We have received Statements of Intent from some leading U.S. companies, business networks and business schools to commit to ask members of their networks to serve as E-Mentors. Our goal will be to provide mentorship for 5,000 aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs of all kinds in the next 2 years. Expansion of E-Mentor Corps»

Middle East Partnership Initiative and Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is a key vehicle to improve economic conditions and expand job creation and social change in the MENA region. 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»