The Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC), run by the US-based Kauffman Foundation, has announced 29 March it has chosen Liverpool for its March 2012 conference.
Liverpool beat off competition from the United Arab Emirates, Chile and Denmark to secure the event which is set to attract some of the world’s leading thinkers behind advancing start-ups.
Max Steinberg, Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision, who led the bid team, said the choice of the city as host “will ripple for many years to come”.
Liverpool is the first European city to hold the event for thought leaders and economists from more than 100 countries.
“We want to create the conditions in which innovators and entrepreneurs can thrive and that has never been more important than now,” said Steinberg.
The 2011 Congress is taking place in Liverpool’s Chinese sister city, Shanghai.
The Kauffman Foundation’s President and Chief Executive Carl Schramm said: “The power of the message put forward by Liverpool Vision about Liverpool’s interest – and the many expansions of entrepreneurship that were pointed out in the application that characterised modern Liverpool as a city truly committed to entrepreneurship – was decisive.”
Liverpool City Council leader, Joe Anderson, said: “We will benefit hugely from having such a concentration of business expertise in the city at one time.”
The GEC will take place at the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool venue and Sir Terry Leahy, a Liverpool Vision board member said the GEC provided another opportunity to make our mark.
“If Liverpool is to grow and prosper we need to help and encourage the next generation of innovators and business leaders to believe that their ideas and enthusiasm can make a lasting difference and I believe that the congress iscoming at the right time for Liverpool.”
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