The Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) is an event that brings together champions of entrepreneurship, thought leaders and economists from more than 125 countries. Previous host cities have included Kansas City, Dubai, Shanghai and Rio de Janeiro. For 2012, GEC was awarded to Liverpool, the first European city to host this prestigious event.

Gemini subsequently secured the role of leading the event management of GEC, with Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision stating: “Gemini International’s presentation was enthusiastic and passionate and showed a huge commitment to entrepreneurship and enterprise”.

In early March 2012, all the hard work and planning came to fruition as GEC opened its doors at the ACC in Liverpool, welcoming attendees from all over the world to a festival of entrepreneurship.

The central atrium of the ACC as delegates arrive for GEC 2012

The central atrium of the ACC as delegates arrive for GEC 2012

Key highlights of the congress were a number of high-profile speakers from the world of business and beyond. Sir Richard Branson arrived in Liverpool at the helm of a Virgin train, while other speakers included former UK deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine, dotcom pioneer Baroness Martha Lane Fox and former Tesco CEO, Sir Terry Leahy. Later in the day, award-winning comedian John Bishop quizzed Ian Ayre, managing director of Liverpool Football Club, in a highly entertaining closing session.

Sir Richard Branson at GEC 2012

Sir Richard Branson at GEC 2012

John Bishop and Ian Ayre at GEC 2012

John Bishop and Ian Ayre at GEC 2012

Running alongside the inspirational speaker sessions and debates was an exhibition of entrepreneurship, providing a platform for many different start-ups and entrepreneurs to network and seek opportunities for their businesses.

Following two days of Executive Sessions run by the Kauffman Foundation for the international guests, the event as a whole culminated in a spectacular gala dinner in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral which provided a fitting climax to what was an exceptional event.

The gala dinner at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral

The gala dinner at Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral

Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, who with the Kauffman Foundation hosted GEC, said: “Liverpool’s GEC proved to be the largest event of its kind ever to be held anywhere in the world and it has been a resounding success. We have created a real legacy for the city while raising the bar for future GEC host cities.”

The success of the event was reflected more widely with this event alone generating an economic impact of £560,000 for the city of Liverpool. The event also created great profile for the city, with GEC trending on Twitter and featuring in news media around the world.

To find out more about GEC 2012, please feel free to contact a member of the team, we would be delighted to share more stories and background from the event with you.

For further facts and figures about the event, please see the official press release for the event by following the link here.

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AuthorAlastair Cotton