Melbourne wins Global Entrepreneurship Congress for 2023

Congress heads to Australia for the first time at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, with an estimated 2,500 international attendees.

The four day event in March 2023 is expected to deliver US$9.2 million in economic contribution to the state.
The four day event in March 2023 is expected to deliver US$9.2 million in economic contribution to the state. Photo Credit: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has won the bid to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in 2023, the first time the annual event will be held in Australia.

To be held over four days from 27 – 30 March 2023, the event, managed by professional conference organiser MCI Australia, is expected to attract more than 2,500 delegates from more than 170 countries, and deliver AUD$12.9 million (US$9.2 million) in economic contribution to the state.

Julia Swanson, MCB Chief Executive said the "successful bid proposition" was made possible by the combined efforts of the "Victorian State Government and Tourism Australia’s Business Events Bid Fund Program, MCB and Global Entrepreneurship Network’s (GEN) Australian Chapter [which] brought together key stakeholders across the Australian startup ecosystem, including Startup Victoria, Invest Victoria, and Melbourne Connect".

The gathering is typically hosted in rising entrepreneurial cities, and attended by entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem builders and policymakers.

Regarded as Australia’s knowledge, and innovation capital, Melbourne boasts more than 1,800 technology-based startups. The Victorian Government has also pumped AUD$45 million into grants, research, sponsorship, events and various programmes, supporting more than 386 organisations and 4,800 entrepreneurs.

Dr. Chad Renando, GEN Australia Managing Director said, “The GEC 2023 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring leaders from around the world to showcase Australia’s innovation ecosystem as we collectively leverage innovation and entrepreneurship to address global challenges. It could not happen at a better time, as Australia builds on year-on-year record venture investment coming out of a global pandemic.”



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