Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC18IST) is preparing to set the world's entrepreneurial agenda in İstanbul. The 10th anniversary of GEC18IST is held at the Hilton Bomonti, İstanbul between April 16th and 19th.

Republic of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Republic of Turkey Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci attended the official opening of the congress.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that “We have considerable experience in entrepreneurship”. He stated that Istanbul is a city where all entrepreneurs can establish and enlarge their businesses. Turkey would provide considerable support to entrepreneurs as "huge targets" needed "huge reforms".  "The spirit of the entrepreneurship is not ordinary. We will able to produce our own planes like the indigenous car. Ideals come true with dreams,"

Minister of Economy Nihat Zeybekci stressed that “Financing can always be found but to find entrepreneurs was the true challenge. Economy is a game of which the rules are changing day by day, and we can move on the road with research and development, and design centers. "We invite enterpreneurs from all around the world to invest in Turkey,"

Ali Sabanci, chairman of Pegasus Airlines, said entrepreneurship raised economic and social welfare. "But entrepreneurship cannot work without an ecosystem that includes the public and private sectors," he added. Several countries and cities compete to become the center of entrepreneurship and Istanbul has an opportunity to claim that distinction, he said.

Congress' Slogan: “Building a Global Ecosystem”

Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC18IST) is hosted by the Economy Ministry, the Turkish Exporters Assembly, TOBB, Endeavor Turkey and Habitat.

At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, members of the press will have an opportunity to interview a cross-section of start + scale ecosystem leaders from 170 countries, including:

  • Founders of promising new startups
  • Community builders connecting local and national ecosystems into one global movement
  • Ministers and other government experts leading innovative policy efforts
  • Researchers advancing the field of entrepreneurship
  • Investors helping young firms scale

The Global Entrepreneurship Network's (GEN) annual four-day congress began on Monday, welcoming nearly 400 speakers from around the world, including academics, politicians, businesspeople, and representatives of global organizations.