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Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

Global Entrepreneurship Summit

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019, to be held at the World Forum in the Hague from the 3rd of June 2019 to the 5th, will be jointly organized by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. State Department. The Summit brings together more than 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, and other participants across the world with the object of providing them with an opportunity for presenting their innovative solutions to global challenges.  It is a platform that fosters innovation, empowers entrepreneurs, engages investors, and leads to concrete business deals; facilitates entrepreneurs to put forward their ideas, expand networks, establish partnerships, and secure funding; aids investors in engaging with other investors and discover emerging talent; and helps Governments and private sector organizations in promoting new policies and initiatives. Over 20,000 emerging leaders have participated in Global Entrepreneurship Summits since 2010. The relationships formed here have reportedly transcended boundaries, industries, and sectors and have resulted in investment opportunities, partnerships, and successful enterprises.

In a span of two days, the participants will engage with entrepreneurial leaders and representatives from across the world and establish connections that transform ideas into enterprises. The program will involve many keynote sessions from top speakers and expert sessions that address key business challenges.

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The Summit is being conducted to support next-generation entrepreneurs as well as international companies and institutions to offer innovative solutions to global challenges. GES 2019 will include 1,200 entrepreneurs from countries such as the United States of America, Europe, and the rest of the world. Besides this, the event will witness the presence of over 300 investors and 400 thought leaders and government officials across the globe, totalling the number of participants to around 2,000.

Criteria of Selection

The Summit attaches preference to scale-ups but welcomes applications from all startups. Startups applying for it must be:

  • The inventor of ground-breaking, transformative tech solutions for Agri/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, Water or other industrial sectors.
  • Stake claim to an innovation that is more than just a concept, with a functioning, market-ready business model.
  • An enterprise that is investor-ready and capable of being scaled-up internationally.
  • Ambitious to integrate with other trailblazers and build entrepreneur-led solutions for the future.

Mentors or ecosystem supporters are not eligible for application as per the current application norms.

How do I Participate?

The application window has closed as on the 1st of March 2019. However, registered entrepreneurs are invited for the event on a rolling basis. The list of participants can be viewed through the registered entrepreneurs list on the GES website.

Entrepreneurs not attending the event may access the same with their own devices through the GES TV app or social media. The platform allows users to view interviews and discussions and follow press presentations through GES TV’s live broadcast.

Visa Norms

Any registered entrepreneur may require a Schengen visa to attend the event in Hague (based on nationality). The Visa can be obtained by producing the formal GES 2019 Letter of Invitation.

Are you a Journalist?

Journalists, photographers or TV crew members may opt to cover the Summit by applying for press accreditation, which is issued after screening. Click here to apply for the same.

Sponsorship and Promotion

GES is looking out for partners who wish to showcase their products and services in the event by means of sponsorship. The scope of sponsorship involves but isn’t limited to catering, production, technology, software, drinks, decoration, energy, transportation, and accommodation.