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Branson to Headline Global Entrepreneurship Congress

Mark Marich

Sir Richard Branson is backing the world’s entrepreneurs as the primary engine of economic growth and global stability by joining the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Liverpool.

The visionary British entrepreneur known for his Virgin brand empire has been announced as the headline speaker at the event—the world’s largest gathering of startup champions.

Branson welcomed the Congress to the UK as a valuable step toward a strong global economy.

“A strong economy needs to encourage entrepreneurs to create and grow their businesses,” he said. “It is great to see the Kauffman Foundation backing Britain by bringing the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, a showcase of entrepreneurial talent, to Liverpool this March. I’m very happy to be supporting the event.”

The GEC, whose headline sponsors are Lloyds TSB and Dell, Inc., will gather 3,000 entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and thought leaders to celebrate enterprise and work to build startup ecosystems that will nurture a new generation of entrepreneurs.

"As delegates from 120 nations race to strengthen their startup ecosystems and create a global roadmap to help their nascent entrepreneurs, it is undoubtedly the experience and insight of Richard Branson that will inspire and fuel the next generation of job creators," stated Jonathan Ortmans, chairman of the GEC and president of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Branson will be joined at the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool on March 13, 2012, by business heavyweights including former Tesco CEO Sir Terry Leahy, the UK Digital Champion and founder of, Martha Lane Fox and Lord Michael Heseltine, former Deputy Prime Minister and founder of the Haymarket publishing group.

Other participants at the first ever GEC to be held in Europe are Paul Lindley of Ella's Kitchen, who recently won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Orange National Business Awards; Lara Morgan, founder of Pacific Direct and Company Shortcuts; Doug Richard, former ‘Dragon’ from the BBC show ‘Dragons’ Den’ and founder of School for Start Ups; and Steve Felice, president of consumer, small and medium business at Dell Inc.

Interested in participating in the Congress? Contact Erin Wiley to learn more about the GEC.

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