I am very excited to announce that Madison was chosen as one of the top five entrepreneurial cities among more than 50 cities from around the world by the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC). The GEC is an annual gathering of entrepreneurs and startup champions from more than 150 countries.
Buenos Aires was selected above the other finalist cities, which included Genk (Belgium); Kansas City (U.S.); Madison, Wisconsin (U.S.); and Yerevan (Armenia).
In 2009 The Kauffman Foundation brought together the host organizations from nearly 60 nations to create the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Congress at its headquarters in Kansas City. Since then the GEC has met annually in cities around the world and is now known to be one of the top inter-disciplinary (including entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers) start-up gatherings in the world.
The GEC Cities Challenge targets up-and-coming metropolitan areas that are rapidly boosting entrepreneurship, attracting talent, and leveraging public assets.
This year the GEC is meeting in Milan and is focused on learning about entrepreneurial cities and the approaches they are taking to advance innovation and support new and young firms.
I am proud that our entrepreneurs once again are being recognized and that the efforts the City, with its many partners, has offered to the entrepreneurial community are being recognized in this way.
I only wish I could join the celebration in Milan, and tell the Madison story internationally - but I happily must remain in Madison and continue to work with you all on making this one of the best cities in the country for all our residents.