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Kickin' Off Global Entrepreneurship Week Ohio with Pauly Suchy and Jonathon Ortmans

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Jonathon Ortmans
Global Entrepreneurship Network, Founder and President

Jonathan Ortmans is founder and president of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), an organization with an array of programs to help entrepreneurs unleash their ideas and turn them into promising new ventures—creating jobs, unearthing innovations for society and strengthening economic stability around the world. Headquartered in Washington, DC, GEN operates in 170 countries where it works to foster healthier local ecosystems while building one global entrepreneurship ecosystem. 

Ortmans launched GEN’s cornerstone initiative, Global Entrepreneurship Week, in 2008 with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Each November since then, millions of people explore their potential through thousands of local GEW events, activities and competitions. Through building GEW, he assembled a broad multi-disciplinary coalition that is the backbone of GEN operations, including entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and affiliated support organizations. 

Ortmans also chairs the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) that gathers thousands of leaders to collaborate on approaches to advancing entrepreneurial growth. After launching it in 2009 at the Kauffman Foundation, he chaired the GEC in Dubai, Shanghai, Liverpool, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Milan, Medellin, Johannesburg, Istanbul and Bahrain. The next GEC will be held in Riyadh.

As an economist, Ortmans worked on Capitol Hill and served as CEO of a health care and trade policy think tank.  His experience includes two successful startup exits.  

He has served as a longtime advisor to the Kauffman Foundation and currently serves on the Board of the Center for American Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC.  Outside the United States, beyond chairing the Boards of dozens of GEN affiliates, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Entrepreneurship in Moscow.  

Ortmans speaks and writes about high-growth entrepreneurship regularly and has emerged as a global strategist for healthier ecosystems for entrepreneurs around the world. He lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and three young children.


Pauly Suchy, Ohio State Coordinator for Global Entrepreneurship Week USA, kicks off the 2020 GEW Ohio conference. He will discuss the vision for the program.