(Effective as of January 1, 2016)
1. Global Entrepreneurship Network; The Site
Global Entrepreneurship Network websites (the “Site” or “Sites”) are operated by the Public Forum Institute, a not-for-profit organization that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, based in the United States, and doing business as Global Entrepreneurship Network (“GEN” or “we” or “us”). GEN operates the Sites to further GEN’s charitable mission.
2. Acceptance of Terms; Changes to Terms
4. Registration; Suspension or Termination of Account; Access from other Countries; Special Accounts and Roles.
4.1. Registration. To access certain information and functionality, you must register on the Site and open a user account (“Account”). You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the user name and password associated with your Account and for all activity under your Account, and you may not transfer your Account to another party. You warrant that all information you provide to GEN is accurate and we request that you update your Account as necessary to keep it accurate and complete. There may be eligibility requirements for registration.
4.2. Suspension or Termination of Account, Access or Group Activity. GEN reserves the right in its sole discretion to suspend or terminate your Account or to block access to the Site at any time (i) if it suspects that you have not complied with these Terms or any specific terms relating to specific services accessed through the site, (ii) if we receive multiple notices of infringement in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act relating to your Account(s), or (iii) for other reasons that GEN determines in good faith are necessary or appropriate, including if GEN suspects you are using or attempting to use the Site in any way that violates any applicable laws or regulations. GEN may also suspend or terminate your Account for prolonged inactivity in your Account. We may also terminate your access to or administrative rights in any User Input Room (as defined in paragraph 5) for any of the above reasons. You agree that neither GEN nor its service providers are liable to you for any loss or damages that may result from our refusal to provide you access to the Site. You may terminate your Account at any time.
4.3. Access from other Countries. GEN makes no representation or warranty that any competition or content accessible through the Site are appropriate or available for use in locations outside the United States. If you choose to access the Site from other locations, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for compliance with all applicable laws. You are not authorized to access the Site from any location where doing so would be illegal.
4.4. Special Accounts and Roles. GEN may offer you the opportunity to create a special account or role through the Site, for example a Student Account. Such special accounts or roles may be subject to additional terms and conditions. For example, a Student Account may only be opened by an active student and the benefits of the Student Account will be terminated one year after the graduation date provided by the student. GEN may terminate the special account or role if you breach the additional terms and conditions relating to the account or role.
5. Use of Site for Lawful Purposes; Export Controls; Confidential Information; User Content.
5.1. Lawful Purposes. You agree to use the Site only for lawful purposes and not in any way that would violate (i) the rights of GEN, its affiliates or any other party or (ii) any applicable law.
5.2. Export Controls. The United States export control laws regulate the export of technology originating in the United States, including electronic transmission of information and software to foreign countries and to certain foreign nationals. You agree to comply with all applicable export control laws and regulations including the Export Administration Regulations maintained by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the U.S. Department of Commerce, trade and economic sanctions maintained by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, the International Traffic in Arms Regulations maintained by the Department of State, and the Uniting and Strengthening of America by Providing Appropriate Tools to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 and not to transfer, by electronic transmission or otherwise, any content published on the Site to either a foreign destination or foreign national in violation of applicable law.
5.3. Confidential Information. If you are a GEN Managing Director or other GEN affiliate, you may receive personal or confidential information of individual users (“User Confidential Information”) in connection with registered events or a request for information. You shall use at least the same degree of care in safeguarding the User Confidential Information as confidential as you use in safeguarding your own confidential information, but in no event shall you use less than due diligence and care. You shall only forward such User Confidential Information to others within your organization on a need to know basis.
6. User Content.
6.1. GEN may offer the opportunity for you and others to contribute ideas, comments, questions and other communications to or from the Site (the “User Content”) in message boards, group areas, communities, blogs, competition sub-sites, e-mail and other features of the Site (“User Input Rooms”) that may be offered from time to time and may be operated by GEN, by a business plan competition organizer, or by a third party. User Content shall include any business plans and related information you submit through the Site. You shall not (nor cause any third party to) use the Site to perform any illegal activities (including defaming, abusing, harassing, stalking, threatening or otherwise violating the legal rights – such as rights of privacy -of others) or immoral activities. Specifically, but not by way of limitation, you shall not undertake any of the following types of activities:
• transmitting information that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights of any party;
• transmitting any material that contains software viruses, Trojan horses, worms, time bombs, cancelbots, or any other computer code, files, or programs which may interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;
• impersonating anyone or any entity, or falsely stating or otherwise misrepresenting your affiliation with a person or entity;
• advertising or disseminating commercial content;
• interfering with or disrupting the Site;
• disrupting the activities or enjoyment of the Site for other users; or
• collecting or storing personal data about other users, except as needed for activities permitted on the Site.
6.2. You should exercise discretion before relying on information contained in User Content. You agree to evaluate, and assume all risks associated with the use of any User Content, including without limitation any risk relating to any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such User Content. GEN assumes no responsibility for the information contained in User Content.
6.3. You agree that GEN, in its sole discretion, may remove any User Content from a User Input Room offered by GEN, at any time and for any or no reason. You agree that GEN shall not be liable to you or any third party for any deletion of any User Content on the Site. You may remove your User Content from the Site at any time.
6.4. You acknowledge and agree that GEN may preserve and disclose User Content if required to do so by law or if GEN believes in good faith that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to comply with legal process, enforce this Agreement, respond to a claim that User Content violates any third party’s rights, or protect the right, property or personal safety of GEN, any users of the Site, or the public. You also acknowledge that the technical processing and transmission of the Site, including without limitation User Content, may involve transmissions over various networks and changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices.
6.5. GEN may offer the opportunity for you and others to contribute User Content in User Input Rooms operated by a third party that may be offered from time to time. GEN assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for such User Content, or for the use of any User Input Room operated by a third party. Without limitation to the foregoing, GEN shall not be liable for the collection, use or disclosure of any personal information by, in or through a User Input Room operated by a third party. In such circumstances, you must refer to any terms of service and privacy statement of the third party operating the User Input Room.
6.7. GEN does not claim any ownership rights in the User Content you post to the Site. When you post User Content to the Site, you grant to GEN, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant to GEN, an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, royalty free, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt, distribute, create derivative works from and otherwise use such User Content for any purpose on or in connection with the Site. Notwithstanding the foregoing, GEN will not publicly display your business plans without your prior consent, but may display a summary or abstract of your plan unless you opt out of such display.
6.8. The administrator of any User Input Room determines its membership and may terminate access by any individual user at any time.
7. Intellectual Property.
7.1. Content. The content on the Site is owned by or licensed to GEN. As between you and the business plan competition organizers, you retain ownership of all rights, including copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights, in the business plans you submit through the Site. As between you and GEN, GEN owns all rights, including copyrights, patents, and other intellectual property rights, in the Site. You agree not to copy any content on the Site (unless it is User Content generated by you or you are permitted to do so by a Competition Agreement) or to modify, decompile, disassemble, create derivative works from or otherwise reverse engineer any content on the site, or other content or computer programs associated with the Site.
7.2. Restrictions on Data Usage. You may not, without the prior written permission of GEN, use any computer code, data mining software, robot, bot, spider, scraper, or other automatic device, program, algorithm or methodology having similar process or functionality, or any manual process, to deeplink to, redistribute, retransmit, republish, commercially exploit, display or copy in bulk the content found on or through the Site.
7.3. Trademarks. GEN owns all rights in its name, trademarks, service marks, logos, and other indicia of source (“GEN Trademarks”), including GEN and Startup Compete. You may not use any GEN Trademarks in connection with any products or services or in any manner that could tarnish any GEN Trademarks or disparage GEN. The trademarks of the various business plan competitions are owned by, and may be used only as permitted by, the applicable business plan competition organizer. The trademarks of the various schools and other organizations are owned by, and may be used only as permitted by, the applicable school or other organization.
7.4. Notice and Procedure for Making Claims of Copyright Infringement/Digital Millennium Copyright Act. GEN will process notices of alleged infringement which it receives and will take appropriate action as required by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and other applicable intellectual property laws. If you believe that your work has been copied on the Site in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide GEN’s Copyright Agent with the following information in a notice (“Notice”). To be effective, the Notice must be in writing and contain the following information (DMCA 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(3)):
• an electronic or physical signature of the person who is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner;
• a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;
• identification of the copyrighted work you claim is being infringed (and, if possible, a location where an authorized copy of the copyrighted work exists, for example the URL of the website where it is posted or the name of the book in which it has been published);
• identification of the URL or other specific location on the Site where the material that you claim is infringing is located (you must include enough information so that GEN can locate the material);
• your address, telephone number, and email address;
• a statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law; and
• a statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in your Notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner’s behalf.
Send the Notice to GEN’s Copyright Agent for notice of claims of copyright infringement as follows:
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Attn: Genesis Lodise
Washington D.C., 20037
THE SITE IS OFFERED ON AN “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS AND YOU USE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK. NEITHER GEN NOR ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS MAKE ANY WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, THAT THE SITE WILL OPERATE WITHOUT ERROR OR INTERRUPTION OR BE FREE FROM VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS OR THAT THE INFORMATION ON THE SITE, INCLUDING THE BUSINESS PLANS AND CONTENT PROVIDED BY OTHER USERS, WILL BE ACCURATE, TIMELY OR COMPLETE. TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, GEN AND ITS SERVICE PROVIDERS EXPRESSLY DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE, MERCHANTABILITY, NONINFRINGEMENT AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE (EVEN IF THE PURPOSE HAS BEEN DISCLOSED).
10. Limitation of Liability
NEITHER GEN NOR ANY SERVICE PROVIDER WILL BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT (INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE), STRICT LIABILITY OR OTHER LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY (WHETHER OR NOT GEN HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGE), FOR (A) ANY INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, SPECIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES (INCLUDING LOST REVENUE, LOST PROFITS, BUSINESS INTERRUPTION OR LOST DATA) ARISING OUT OF YOUR USE OF OR INABILITY TO USE THE SITE OR (B) ANY DAMAGES, LOSS OR INJURY BASED ON ERRORS, OMISSIONS, INTERRUPTIONS, INACCURACIES OR SIMILAR PROBLEMS ARISING IN CONNECTION WITH YOUR USE OF, INTERACTION WITH, OR TRANSACTIONS THROUGH THE SITE. NOTWITHSTANDING ANYTHING TO THE CONTRARY CONTAINED HEREIN, GEN’S LIABILITY TO YOU FOR ANY CAUSE WHATSOEVER, AND REGARDLESS OF THE FORM OF THE ACTION, WILL AT ALL TIMES BE LIMITED TO THE AMOUNT PAID, IF ANY, BY YOU TO GEN, AND IF NO AMOUNTS WERE PAID WILL NOT EXCEED $1000. THESE LIMITATIONS WILL APPLY REGARDLESS OF ANY FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE. SOME STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS OF CERTAIN DAMAGES AND SO SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.
By using the Site, you agree to indemnify and hold GEN and its directors, officers, employees, licensors, service providers, contractors, and agents (“GEN Indemnitees”) harmless from any claims, liability, loss, damage or expense (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs) that any GEN Indemnitee may incur based on your use of the Site, your transactions through the Site, the competitions operated through the Site, your breach of these Terms or any competition rules, your violation of the rights of a third party or your violation of any law, including export control laws.
12. Contact Us
The Site is owned and operated by Global Entrepreneurship Network If you have any questions about any of these Terms, please contact us at:
Global Entrepreneurship Network
Attn: Genesis Lodise
Washington D.C., 20037
13. Dispute Resolution
13.1. Governing Law. These Terms are governed by the laws of the United States and the laws of the District of Columbia applicable to contracts executed and performed within the District of Columbia, without giving any effect to any conflict of laws rules that may result in the application of the laws of any other jurisdiction. These Terms are deemed executed and enforceable in the District of Columbia.
13.2. Binding Arbitration. If a dispute arises between you and GEN, each party irrevocably agrees to (i) resolve the dispute through binding arbitration conducted in the District of Columbia in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), (ii) bring any dispute to enforce arbitration under these Terms or to pursue injunctive relief exclusively in the federal and state courts located in the District of Columbia, United States of America and (iii) submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of those courts and waive any objection to the exclusive jurisdiction of those courts based on forum non conveniens or other grounds. Each party will be responsible for its expenses and an equal share of the arbitrators’ and administrative fees of arbitration. Notwithstanding the foregoing, GEN will have the right to seek temporary injunctive relief if it determines it is necessary in connection with any breach of these Terms that could result in irreparable harm to GEN (including infringement of any intellectual property).
14. General Provisions
14.1. Assignment. You may not assign these Terms or any of your obligations under them without GEN’s prior written consent and any attempted assignment is null and void. GEN may assign these Terms and any of its obligations under them at any time for any reason.
14.2. Relationship of Parties. You and GEN are independent contractors and these Terms may not be used to construe a joint venture, employee, partnership, agency or similar relationship between you and GEN.
14.4. Including. The word “including” as used in these Terms means “including, without being limited to.”
14.5. Severability. If any of these Terms is determined to be unenforceable for any reason, then the unenforceable provision will be deemed amended in a manner that will most nearly carry out the intent of the provision to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law or deleted if amendment is not possible, and the remaining Terms will be enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law.
14.6. No Waiver. GEN’s failure to enforce these Terms in every instance in which they might apply is not a waiver of any of GEN’s rights, and GEN reserves its right to take all legal steps available to enforce these Terms.
14.7. Survival. Paragraphs 3, 5(C), 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 14 (and any other sections that by their intent should survive) will survive any termination of these Terms.
14.8. Force Majeure. If GEN is unable to perform its services or any of its obligations due to any cause beyond its reasonable control, including computer, telecommunications or other equipment failures, electrical power failures, strikes, labor disputes, shortage of labor or materials, civil disturbances, fires, floods, storms, explosions, acts of God, war, terrorist acts, governmental actions, non-performance of third parties or similar reasons, then GEN’s performance will be excused and the time for performance will be extended until a reasonable time following the end of the event of force majeure.