Jonathan Ortmans serves as president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), a year-round platform of global programs and initiatives created by the communities that celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week each November. Aimed at creating one global entrepreneurial ecosystem, GEN helps people in 160 countries unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures – creating jobs, unearthing innovations for society, and strengthening stability around the world.
Programs and support innovations include: Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) – 28,000 events, 160 countries, 1 week each November; Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) – an annual gathering of thousands of delegates looking to build and strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems; Startup Nations – a collection of startup savvy policymakers and startup community supporters exploring different regulatory changes and other policy ideas to help accelerate new firm formation; Global Entrepreneurship Research Network – a working coalition of institutions dedicated to advancing research in the field.
Ortmans was tapped by U.S. President Barack Obama to chair the SPARK Global Entrepreneurship initiative that has helped generate more than $1 billion in private investment for emerging entrepreneurs around the world. He is a senior fellow at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and serves on the boards of several non-profits including the Center for Entrepreneurship in Moscow. Trained as an economist, with two startups and exits under his best, Ortmans blogs weekly on high-growth entrepreneurship at Kauffman.org and has emerged as a chief global strategist in building startup ecosystems around the world. Jonathan lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three young children.