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The North West Fund has joined a growing list of
organisations sponsoring next month's Global Entrepreneurship
Congress (GEC) in Liverpool - the world's first festival of
The North West Fund, a £185m evergreen investment fund established
to provide debt and equity funding to businesses in the region, has
been announced as an enterprise partner. The North West Fund is
supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the
European Investment Bank (EIB).
GEC 2012 is an internationally significant event, which runs from
March 9 to16, and will provide a global platform for passionate
business people to come together, inspire others and share
Andy Leach, chief executive of North West Business Finance,
which manages The North West Fund, said: "The Global
Entrepreneurship Congress will attract delegates not just from
across the UK but from across the world, so we are very proud to be
"Like The North West Fund, the event aims to support and nurture
the next generation of inspiring entrepreneurs and help draw
investment to our great region.
"Entrepreneurs are a key target demographic for our funding, of
which 40 per cent is specifically allocated to Merseyside."
Max Steinberg, chief executive of Liverpool Vision, who is
organising GEC, said: "The North West Fund are an ideal partner for
GEC. They provide valuable support to Liverpool's SME's and like
GEC, they are working to ensure Liverpool is recognised as a global
Leading entrepreneurs will gather at the ACC in Liverpool to
join startup champions, government officials, investors and
policymakers from 123 countries, creating the world's largest
gathering of the enterprise community.
Successful entrepreneurs will share their experiences, deliver
inspiring speeches and host a series of discussions. Speakers
already confirmed include Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson and
former Tesco chief executive Sir Terry Leahy.
For more information about GEC visit www.gec2012.com