Initiated nearly a decade ago by the US Government, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is the preeminent annual gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, and thought leaders from around the world, providing a unique event that is a combination of an innovation marketplace and policy forum.
Since 2010, an estimated 20,000 emerging leaders have participated in GES, governments and the private sector have committed to provide over $1 billion in new capital to entrepreneurs worldwide. Host cities have included: Dubai, UAE; Hyderabad, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Marrakech, Morocco; Nairobi, Kenya; Silicon Valley and Washington, DC. Governments of countries involved have co-hosted these past Summits.
What’s exciting about GES 2019?
This year’s Summit is about “The Future Now.” GES 2019, June 4-5 in The Hague, is the first GES held in the European Union. It focuses on five key investment areas: Agriculture/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.
Unique to this summit, institutional and angel investors, venture capital, family offices, and private equity join private and public sectors to bring innovation further, encouraging entrepreneurs from all over the globe to come with market-ready solutions. During the two-day program, established entrepreneurs can showcase their scale-ups to a select group of decision-makers, including funders, founders, experts, and policymakers. Leading American and European companies such as Philips and TomTom, alongside institutional investors such as APG and PGGM have committed to be part. GES 2019, “The Future Now,” will showcase the power of innovation to solve global problems, create economic prosperity and improve lives around the world, and plot the roadmap for “The Future Now.”
Who’s hosting GES 2019?
The governments of the Netherlands and the United States are pleased to co-host the 9th Global Entrepreneurship Summit, to drive global innovation and celebrate the free-market economy that supports jobs, growth, and transformative solutions to global challenges. Building on strong transatlantic relationships and common values, GES 2019 promotes economic growth, fair trade, and encourages investment in entrepreneurial activity that creates prosperity, jobs and new solutions.