Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016
United States To Host 7th Annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit
When we connect global entrepreneurs with the access and exchange needed to create and innovate, we unleash their power to change the world.
A clear example of this is found in Silicon Valley where thousands of firms have achieved success. With that in mind, what better place to gather entrepreneurs at all stages of business development for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)? This Summit will be the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya. In bringing the Summit back to the United States, President Obama highlights his commitment to building bridges that help us tackle global challenges together.
The U.S. Department of State announced today the partners and steering committee for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be hosted by President Obama June 22-24 at Stanford University. The Summit will be attended by more than 700 entrepreneurs from 170 countries around the world, including a large number of social entrepreneurs. GES Partners are contributing to the overall experience of the Summit including the creation of networking lounges, a “portals to” project to connect entrepreneurs around the world, opening and closing receptions to solidify investor and entrepreneur relationships...
Special Representative for Commercial and Business Affairs Ziad Haider will visit Tunisia and Egypt from May 26 to June 1 to promote the 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (June 22-24) in Silicon Valley, CA. Road to GES: Tunis, May 25-26, will feature events in partnership with the Tunis Business School, Pragma Corporation, and key government officials in the Ministries of Commerce, Industry, and Vocational Training and Employment.
In order to accommodate additional interest, the United States is pleased to extend the credential request deadline for media representatives wishing to cover the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) to be held June 22-24, 2016 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The accreditation period will remain open until Wednesday, June 1 at 10:00 AM EDT; after this time, no further media credential requests will be accepted. APPLY HERE!
While we can't bring every entrepreneur out there to Silicon Valley for the conference, we know that these important conversations are happening all around us, and being held in cities all around the world every day. Recognizing the importance of fostering these dialogues and relationships, we want to amplify these conversations, help deepen their impact, and garner more community support. So if you're planning your own entrepreneurship event surrounding GES 2016, we want to hear about it. Please click below and tell us more about it! You’re event could become part of the Road to GES.
The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with FHI 360 and the University of Pennsylvania, has released a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) for budding entrepreneurs around the world to obtain the English skills needed to work in an international arena. The English for Business and Entrepreneurship MOOC is currently open for enrollment and will begin on May 15. By strengthening the quality of English teaching around the world, the Department seeks to enhance skills that expand opportunities in education, employment and international collaboration.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced she will attend the seventh annual 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), hosted by President Barack Obama in Silicon Valley. As the Administration's point person on entrepreneurship, Secretary Pritzker will be accompanied by 10 of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE).
From March 14-18, Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will lead the State Department’s “American Innovation Roadshow” across four cities in India: New Delhi, Gurgaon, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad. This trip will focus on nurturing innovation in clean energy technologies in India and is the second in a series of roadshows across Asia, underscoring the importance of the commercial and economic ties between the United States and India.
From March 2-11, 2016, Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State Ambassador David H. Thorne will lead the State Department’s “American Innovation Roadshow” to Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. This Roadshow is one of the first activities under U.S.-ASEAN Connect and the first in a series of Roadshows across Asia. Ambassador Thorne will lead a diverse delegation of U.S. multinational companies, financial investors, and successful early stage U.S. companies.
Stanford University will be a partner and will serve as the venue for the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit with over 1,000 global delegates and hosted by President Barack Obama, the U.S. State Department and the White House announced today. The summit will be held from June 22-24 in various locations on the Stanford campus. Each of the world's six regions will be represented by 100 entrepreneurs and will be joined by 100 more from the United States.
Leveraging the Skills of Diaspora Professionals to Improve the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Within this new era of knowledge economies, where the internet has flattened the world and digital entrepreneurs are building companies on the backs of binary codes and software modules, members of the African diaspora can play unique roles in re-inventing Africa’s future and catalyzing the growth and development of entrepreneurial ecosystems in their home lands.
Eager for capital, we started meeting with potential investors, from Angels to VCs, early on in inploi’s life. “It’s a great idea! We really think you’re on to something! It’s a huge market! But come back when you are able to demonstrate some traction: when you have the product built. When you have some users,” became a familiar refrain from the umpteenth ‘early stage/seed’ investor we had met with. Avoiding despondence our reply was, “Sure! We’ll be back to see you soon. You’ll see our ability to execute. [you’d better bring your chequebook…]!” Once back on the street we’d wonder what all of these funds were getting at, calling themselves seed stage investors? Wasn’t the point to provide capital to get us off the ground?!
Hola, me llamo Javier. I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and now live in Washington DC with my wife Lori and our rescue mutt Piper. To say that I consider myself lucky is true but I also have hefty reserves of energy and curiosity. The professional experiences that have shaped me blend entrepreneurial, investment, advisory and executive leadership roles in companies big and small, including McKinsey & Co, Booz Allen, Abbott Labs, Bridgewater Associates, The GEM Group, Pacific Community Ventures, Paradigm Ventures and Air America Media. It’s been a wild ride.
Anyone who doubts the potential of women in business should meet Haitian entrepreneur Yve-Car Momperousse. Six years ago, after her country was devastated by an earthquake, Yve-Car set a goal for herself: create 300 new jobs for women in Haiti. She started a business called Kreyól Essence, a company that uses Haitian black castor oil to make eco-luxury beauty products.
What words come to mind when you think about entrepreneurship? Maybe it’s big ideals like freedom, innovation, and empowerment. Maybe it’s the positive concepts of profit, job creation, social impact, or success. Maybe it’s the negative terms like risk, failure, or burnout. Or maybe it’s the names of trailblazers like Mark Zuckerberg, Oprah, Steve Jobs, or Elon Musk.
Small businesses are no longer limited to local. Increasingly, entrepreneurs see the necessity and opportunity to immediately (or more quickly) enter the global marketplace. The ease of travel, communications, and trade has significantly lowered barriers to exploring new markets. Yet, the vast majority of small American firms continue only to sell domestically. Indeed, just five percent of our country’s small businesses export, even though more than 95% of consumers live outside of the United States.
In many cultures around the world, from the Fables of Aesop to the Mahabharata, there is a parable about a goose, hen, or bird that produces golden eggs or feathers. When people try to exploit the bird to reap more profits, they destroy its ability to create the gold and, ultimately, everyone loses.
As we mark World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, this parable seems especially appropriate to help underscore the importance of protecting the “gold” of any vibrant economy: the ideas, innovation, and creativity of its entrepreneurs.
Sitting in a small room with a dozen social and business entrepreneurs discussing their passion and big ideas, it’s hard not to get excited. As they chatted away about visiting U.S. cities and businesses — switching effortlessly between English and Spanish — the energy of these young leaders convened from across the Caribbean and Latin America became palpable.
In the last year of his Presidency, President Obama is bringing GES 2016 to the heart of American innovation — Silicon Valley.
On a recent trip back to the United States, I took an Uber and made small talk with my driver on the way to my destination. He told me he only bought the car we were in because he had this job with the smartphone-based car service.