UoM delegation attends World Entrepreneurship Congress in Saudi Arabia

University of Malta academics Leonie Baldacchino, Director of the Edward de Bono Institute, and Nathaniel Massa from the Department of Management, along with entrepreneur and MBA student Julian Dingli, participated in the 12th World Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) 2022 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia between March 27-30.

After a nearly three-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the return of the GEC has been enthusiastically welcomed by entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and policy makers from more than 180 countries around the world.

The GEC 2022 was organized by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) in collaboration with the General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises of Saudi Arabia, Monsha’at.

Among the highlights of the convention were inspiring fireside chats led by Booking.com co-founder and GEN chairman Jeff Hoffman with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and co -Netflix founder, Marc Randolph, as well as various interactive sessions on topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation.

Jeff Hoffman, president of GEN and co-founder of Booking.com, with Marc Randolph, co-founder of Netflix, during one of the conference sessions.

The GEC program also included meetings for GEN regional divisions, including GEN Europe and GEN Commonwealth, and for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) host countries, represented locally by the Edward de Bono Institute.

Individuals involved in entrepreneurial activities who wish to join the GEN community can create a profile at the following link: https://genglobal.org/malta. This online platform was created to support local and international collaborations between diverse stakeholders and provides access to an extensive network of like-minded professionals, events and initiatives.

Ultimately, GEN Malta aims to strengthen and streamline the growing entrepreneurship ecosystem by minimizing overlap and maximizing the impact of the many initiatives that are now available to start-ups in Malta.

For more information on GEW Malta, GEN Malta or the courses in entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation offered by the Edward de Bono Institute at the University of Malta, visit www.um.edu.mt/create and www.facebook.com/IoTM.um, or email [email protected].

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