Kick-off Coffee encourages entrepreneurs to apply for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

GES Kick-Off Coffee

THE HAGUE, the Netherlands, December 17, 2018 –  Ambassador Hoekstra joined MFA Director General for Foreign Economic Relations Hanneke Schuiling for a kick-off coffee to mark the global launch of the 2019 GES online application portal for entrepreneurs in Amsterdam.  The event was held at Café Dauphine, which is located in the same building as the business radio station BNR.  More than 130 GES planners, entrepreneurs, startup thought-leaders, and government officials turned out to ask questions, hear about plans for the GES, and to network.  Mireille van Ark, editor in chief of BNR moderated a question and answer session with the Ambassador and Schuiling.  

Starting today, entrepreneurs can apply to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2019.  This year, the GES is being organized by the governments of the United States and the Netherlands, and will be held at the World Forum in The Hague on June 4 and 5, 2019. The goal is to stimulate international entrepreneurship in the development of concrete solutions to the world’s crucial challenges.  Entrepreneurs from across the globe will compete for one of 1,200 slots at GES2019, with a maximum of 200 places available for Dutch entrepreneurs.

The Summit will bring investment-ready entrepreneurs together with thousands of investors, innovators, policy makers, global brands, and thought leaders from around the world. This year’s edition will focus on five innovation sectors: Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.

This is the first time that the event will take place in a European Union country. Previous editions have been held in Washington D.C., Nairobi (Kenya), Istanbul (Turkey), Marrakech (Morocco), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Dubai (UAE), Hyderabad (India), and Silicon Valley.

Interested parties should apply before January 30, 2019. For more information about how to apply, go to