U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to Attend Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kenya

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), which will take place July 25-26, 2015 in Nairobi, Kenya. As the Administration’s point person on entrepreneurship, Secretary Pritzker will help lead a U.S. delegation to the Summit, demonstrating the U.S. government’s continued commitment to fostering a culture of innovation around the world. This year’s summit marks the sixth annual gathering of thousands of global entrepreneurs at all stages of business development, business leaders, mentors, and high-level government officials. 

Entrepreneurship is key to unlocking economic growth, creating jobs, and generating long-term peace and prosperity, and the U.S. government leads numerous initiatives to bolster entrepreneurship in America and around the world. At GES 2013 in Malaysia, President Obama asked Secretary Pritzker to chair the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, and she convened the first-ever meeting of that group in April 2014. Due to the success and demand for the program, the White House announced the addition of nine new members this May.

PAGE is a group of America’s most respected business creators who have committed to sharing their time, energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs around the world. Since the program’s launch, Secretary Pritzker has arranged PAGE events in countries ranging from Saudi Arabia to South Korea, and in numerous U.S. cities.

The following PAGE members will join Secretary Pritzker in Kenya to serve as entrepreneurship ambassadors and to share their knowledge and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs:

  • Steve Case, Chairman and CEO, Revolution, LLC
  • Brian Chesky, Co-Founder and CEO, Airbnb
  • Julie Hanna, Executive Chair of the Board, Kiva
  • Daymond John, Founder, FUBU and CEO, Shark Branding