‘My experience at the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit’ – Alex Splitt

Held in Hyderabad, India from 28-30 November 2017, this year’s GES attracted well over 1,700 seasoned and emerging entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders from 140 countries across the world. This year the summit was centered on the theme ‘Woman First, Prosperity for All’ with major focuses on emerging industries, including Energy and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Financial Technology and Digital Economy, and Media and Entertainment.

The summit was a thought provoking learning experience that generated a greater level of exposure and understanding of the current international innovation happening within the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Social Capital

Integral to entrepreneurial success is the ability to develop strong networks. The summit excelled in its ability to facilitate international knowledge sharing, having the potential to support organizational and business growth, maintaining motivation by recognizing and celebrating success and learning from overcoming challenges.

The increase in social capital for those who attended will support the creation of new ideas, opportunities and collaborations and fundamentally increases sector networks.

Global Perspective

The uniqueness of the summit having the ability to draw a truly diverse internationally audience is one that has unmeasurable benefits for those in attendance. For myself, it was of vital importance to see and understand how the world works and how countries and people are interconnected through trade, media, the internet, travel and politics. Broadening your sense of the world and your idea of how to interact with others, both personally and professionally is the start of becoming a global citizen.


Broadening your sense of the world and your idea of how to interact with others, both personally and professionally is the start of becoming a global citizen.


International Partnerships

With the fast majority of entrepreneurs currently undertaking work that is classified as social enterprise, meaning their start-ups are driven by a desire to make a positive social impact, the summit provided the ideal environment for international partnership to be born.

In my case, an opportunity exists to partner with Making Everything Achievable, a business run by Maori (First People of New Zealand) woman Kaye Maree Dunn to help incubate ideas and business within the pacific that can create positive social change and environmental impact. Similar ideas were explored and will be followed up with three US based start-ups based in Washington DC and New York.

Inspiring, challenging, building knowledge

Attendance at the GES 2017 highlighted the significant international focus and efforts being undertaken to promote and create a more inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem from woman and girls.

The summit was used to promote discussion, unpack personal experiences and generated a collective understanding that women represent tremendous promise for economic growth and prosperity, however face substantial barriers to building business, gaining equal access to capital and access to equitable opportunities.

This year’s plenaries and master classes (workshops) celebrated the entrepreneurial spirit, diversity, and success of woman within the field to inspire innovative initiatives, forge new collaborations across the globe, and increase the economic opportunities available to woman.

The summit was a clear indication of the Trump administration’s desire to nurture the partnership between the two major global nations. In my opinion, this is a highly recommended global summit to attend. It is sure to inspire, challenge, increase personal knowledge and generate many lasting relationships with a diverse group of stakeholders from countries all around the world.


– Alex Splitt is a proud Gubbi Gubbi man born in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory. He has worked both in strategic social policy development within government, including with the Victorian Government’s Aboriginal Affairs Taskforce, and in the operational management and leadership of not-for-profits at Aboriginal Housing Victoria, the Foundation for Young Australians and the Korin Gamadji Institute, Richmond Football Club. He has also worked closely with several of Australia’s leading universities.

Most recently Alex was accepted as a Fellow of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity. This program is designed to empower a new generation of leaders committed to tackling social disadvantage in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific. He has also been a recipient of the US State Department’s International Visitors Leadership Program, the Victorian Government’s Department of Community Planning and Development Secretary’s Award, and the Victorian Public Service Graduate Program.

Alex is currently the Director of National Programs at Culture is Life and is a current Board member of First Australians Capital