The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit comes to Europe


The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) uniquely gathers governments, the private sector, and a powerful partner network to turn challenges into business opportunities worldwide. This year, the U.S. State Department will hold the Summit at The Hague, Netherlands June 4-5. The ambassadors of the United States of America and the Netherlands encourage Lithuanian entrepreneurs to apply for a chance to attend this global event. ”This is a unique opportunity for ambitious, mature and investment-ready entrepreneurs who are ready to scale up their business,” says the Ambassador of the United States to Lithuania Anne Hall. “The entrepreneurial spirit is growing in Lithuania and I would love to see Lithuanians take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity.”

The Summit aims to promote international entrepreneurship and will focus on driving innovation through entrepreneurship. It will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, innovators, policy makers, global brands, and thought leaders from around the world. ”The participants will go beyond just productive discussions,” says the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Lithuania Bonnie Horbach. ”They will take concrete action towards tackling challenges within five main sectors: food and agriculture, water, energy, health and connectivity.” The future of work and access to finance will serve as the two overarching themes of the summit.

Information for participants

Lithuanian entrepreneurs who want to join GES 2019 will have to apply in advance and must meet criteria in order to qualify. Entrepreneurs who want to participate in GES 2019 can register online at before March 22, 2019. International participants who are accepted will not be required to pay attendance fees or lodging costs. They must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for selection:

  • Working with technology with the potential to contribute to global challenges within Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health and Water
  • Have an innovation that is more than a concept, with a functioning, market-ready business model
  • Have an enterprise that is investor-ready, with the ambition and the capacity to scale-up internationally within 5 years
  • Preference for entrepreneurs that work together with universities or research institutions

About GES in the Netherlands

GES will be a one-of-a-kind experience, energized by a festive atmosphere, with a high-level conference and market place where ideas are transformed into actions. Over the course of two days, participants will follow a unique program consisting of top keynote speakers, expert panels and matchmaking activities. Investors and innovators will be brought together through different creative environments, spaces and events.

The Summit will be held in partnership between the U.S. and Dutch governments on June 4 and 5, 2019 at the World Forum in The Hague, the Netherlands. Approximately 2,000 participants from all over the world will be invited, including 1,200 entrepreneurs, 400 investors, and 400 experts and officials.