‘Doing good’ helps The Hague secure entrepreneur summit

The Hague’s ethos of ‘doing good and doing business’ has helped secure the 9th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) for the city, under the theme ‘The Future Now’.

Some 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and other participants from all over the world are expected to attend the event at the World Forum in The Hague, 3 – 5 June 2019. This edition of GES will focus on global opportunities for the next wave of entrepreneur-led innovation in scalable tech, from artificial intelligence and robotics to blockchain, big data, new science and more.

The focus investment sectors of GES for this year are Agri/Food, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water. Access to finance, job creation, and women’s economic empowerment are overarching aspects.

The event is being held in the European Union for the first time, and will position The Hague as a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Around 1,200 hand-picked entrepreneurs will engage with more than 300 investors managing trillions of dollars of assets, as well as top policymakers, corporate partners and thought leaders to accelerate solutions.

Pauline Krikke, mayor of The Hague, said the Summit had found a perfect match with the profile of the city of The Hague: “Every day tens of thousands of people in The Hague are working towards a better, safer and a more just world. They work in international organisations, NGOs, and various startups as well as the Peace Palace – the symbol of international justice. Here we empower impact entrepreneurs and support innovation and technology to improve our planet.”

Many well-known Dutch business leaders, politicians, academics and researchers will be taking part, including Philips CEO Frans van Houten, Shell Netherlands CEO Marjan van Loon, DSM CEO Feike Sijbesma, ABP Pension Fund chair Corien Wortmann-Kool, TomTom co-founder Corinne Vigreux, and His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn, the ambassador of StartupDelta.

Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte will host the event alongside US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. Her Majesty Queen Máxima of The Netherlands is set to make the Opening Plenary address on June 4, in her capacity as a member of the Dutch Committee for Entrepreneurship and special advocate of the United Nations for inclusive financing for development.

Besides the official programme, local organisations – including The Hague & Partners, and Impact City, the startup and scale-up community of The Hague – are planning several side-events in line with GES 2019 themes. Impact City’s ethos is based on the belief “that economic success goes hand in hand with solutions for a better world”.  During these tracks delegates will learn from local innovative companies by exploring the challenges and opportunities of the future green energy mix, financing impact startup solutions, connecting business to the global good and a Business Expansion Bootcamp