Conductor CEO Kim Lane has been invited to serve as a U.S. delegate and speaker at the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Manama, Bahrain from April 14-18. Presented by the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), the Global Entrepreneurship Congress is a gathering of startups from around the world, where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and other thought leaders work together to advance future collaboration.
The Congress brings together delegates from more than 170 countries to discuss economic and policy challenges around growing entrepreneurial ecosystems. The annual event, hosted by a new entrepreneurial city each spring is designed so that delegates return home with fresh ideas, tools and connections to leverage in their pursuit of forward-leaning entrepreneurship support efforts.
Lane served as a U.S. delegate to the 2018 Congress in Istanbul, Turkey, and to the 2017 Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa.
“I’m honored to serve as a U.S. delegate at the 11th Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Manama, Bahrain,” Lane said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to share the success stories and best practices we’ve developed at the Conductor with the rest of the world, and to learn about new and innovative ideas from international thought leaders. I’m energized every year to take my learnings back to Conway, Arkansas to further propel our community in innovation and entrepreneurship by implementing proven methodologies from international leaders.”
At the Congress, Lane will be moderating a panel discussion, “Connecting Ecosystems Across Borders: Understanding + Modeling Ecosystem Collaboration,” with the Managing Directors of GEN in-country affiliates; the panel will feature leaders from India, Germany, Kenya, Namibia, Taiwan, Chad, and the Philippines. The discussion will focus on cultivating city-to-city knowledge sharing and ways ecosystem builders can build mutually beneficial relationships through international entrepreneurship communities.
Lane has also been selected to lead a workshop with one of the GEN country delegations. The hands-on workshop will focus on developing a plan for the affiliate country to create a sustainable infrastructure for impacting entrepreneurs in their home countries.
She will also moderate an international panel on “Building Entrepreneur-Centric Communities,” and host a live demonstration of “Startup Huddle,” which will showcase the startup story of an Argentinian entrepreneur.