Women in Technology: Focus on Africa
Hosted by: The LIONS@FRICA Partnership together with The African Technology Foundation, Ingressive, My Africa Is, and African Diaspora Network

Stanford University's Levinthal Hall (Stanford Humanities Center), 5-9 PM.

A celebration of women in technology, this event showcases leading African women entrepreneurs and innovators, and highlights key resources that connect and empower women in tech globally.

Who should come: Open to all regions, particularly good for tech startups, ecosystem influencers and investors.



Demand Solutions: Showcasing Latin American and Caribbean innovation and entrepreneurship that improves lives
Hosted by:
Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Small Business Administrator, Blum Center for Developing Economies
Stanford University. Room to be announced, 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Innovators and entrepreneurs working in Latin American and the Caribbean showcase how their solutions are improving lives and the power of being global.

Who should come: Any one interested in exploring opportunities of expanding their reach and the potential of Latin America and the Caribbean.


Register by: June 20, 2016

Performance by the St. Lawrence String Quartet and 2016 Chamber Music Seminar Guest Faculty

Hosted by: Stanford University

Bing Concert Hall, 12:15-1:15 PM

Free Admission—no RSVP required

For further information click here.


Cocktails & Conversation: Social Entrepreneurs Building Blueprints for Change
Hosted by: The Skoll Foundation
Stanford Faculty Club, ‪439 Laguna Drive‪,  5:30-7:30 PM

The Skoll Foundation is working with the Global Entrepreneurship Summit to infuse social entrepreneurship into the global conversation about supporting innovations that advance communities everywhere. Powered by partnerships across sectors and a spectrum of capital, social entrepreneurs are drafting blueprints to transform systems that don’t work for those they should serve, and create a more just, peaceful, and prosperous world. We hope you can join us for the festivities, hors d'oeuvres, and cocktails alongside a dynamic conversation with Willy Foote of Root Capital, Premal Shah of Kiva, Alix Lebec of, and Sally Osberg of the Skoll Foundation, as they discuss how to unleash the power of social entrepreneurship.


Register by: June 20, 2016

Entrepreneurship in Medicine and Engineering: Envisioning Future Technologies in Health and Engineering
Hosted by: Stanford School of Medicine and School of Engineering

Raymond A. Malott Family Amphitheater at the Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center, 6–8 PM

A reception featuring interactive demonstrations of future innovations developed by Stanford faculty and students.  An opportunity to meet with fellow entrepreneurs from industry and academia.

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Public Policy: The new core competency for entrepreneurs
Hosted by: TechNet
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Address: 650 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, 6-8 PM.

A fireside chat and panel discussion exploring the evolving role that governments and public policy increasingly play for businesses and entrepreneurs.Networking reception to follow onsite.


Register by: June 22, 2016

Workshop with David S. Rose: Building a High-Growth Company
Hosted by:
Cypress Ballroom - Sheraton Palo Alto, 6-7 PM (book signing from 7-7:30 PM)

Learn the essential steps for starting and building a high-growth business with David S. Rose serial entrepreneur, renowned angel investor and author of The Startup Checklist. All attendees will receive a copy of The Startup Checklist, with a book signing starting at 7 PM.


Register by: June 23, 2016 at 5 PM

All attendees will receive a book, with a book signing starting at 7 PM.

Africa Rising : Entrepreneurship & Investment Networks Propelling the Continent
Hosted by: VLAB, The Bay Area Chapter of the MIT Enterprise Forum
Stanford, 6-7 PM.

A panel of investors and entrepreneurs will discuss scaling for-profit companies in African markets. Attendees will gain feedback on their business models and build connections.

Number of spots for GES participants: The event is open for all GES participants. 45 or more audience spots will be available. 5-6 entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch and discuss their businesses during the event.


Register by: June 9, 2016

Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence
Hosted by: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Stanford
Stanford University, 6-9 PM.

Stanford and OSTP will be co-hosting a discussion and reception on the challenges and potential of artificial intelligence.

Number of spots for GES participants: 50-100

Who should come: Those with robotics, machine learning, big data analytics, or other artificial intelligence-related interests. 


Register by: June 10, 2016


Sister Cities Networking Event: Building Entrepreneurial Ties and Collaborations Between Nations
Hosted by: Sister Cities International, New Context, Digital Garage
DG717 - 717 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 7-9:30 PM.

Sister Cities networking reception for entrepreneurs from around the globe to meet their local counterparts and the mayors that represent them. Collaborate and inspire together.

Who should come: Entrepreneurs from the Bay Area, as well as Afghanistan, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ethiopia, France, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Venezuela,and Vietnam


Register by: June 9, 2016


The Detroit Story: Transformation through Disruptive Social, Food, and Mobility Entrepreneurship
Hosted by: White House Detroit Federal Working Group (DFWG), the New Economy Initiative (NEI), Endeavor Detroit, and Shinola Detroit HanaHaus (456 University Ave, Palo Alto) + Shinola Detroit (261 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto), June 23, 2016 // 6:30-10:30 PM.

Meet Detroit entrepreneurs, innovators and investors who are driving the city's transformation. Hear Detroit's remarkable story straight from leaders in social impact, food, new manufacturing, and mobility whose work is inspired by Detroit's unique conditions and opportunities. Find out why they are choosing Detroit to launch & grow their businesses. The event will conclude at Shinola Detroit with an opportunity to hear Detroit music, enjoy local Detroit spirits, and network with key innovators in Detroit and Detroit ex-pats in Silicon Valley.

Who should come: Investors, Social Impact Funders, Ecosystem Developers, Mobility, Food, Social Entrepreneurs, interested in The Detroit Opportunity. Looking for GES entrepreneurs, investors, ecosystem developers, and social impact funders interested in The Detroit Story, and opportunities in Detroit for investment and collaboration in mobility, food, new manufacturing, and social entrepreneurship.


Register by: June 15, 2016


Innovating with Open Geographic Data: An OpenStreetMap Mapathon
Hosted by: Peace Corps and MapGive (State Department)
Stanford University Haas Center for Public Service, 562 Salvatierra Walk, 9 AM-12 PM.

Learn how to incorporate open data from the world's most powerful geographic database, OpenStreetMap, into your enterprise — and actively edit the map!


Register by: June 25, 2016

The Detroit Story:  Film Screening of GENERATION STARTUP with Andrew Yang, Venture for America Founder/CEO, and film co-director/producer Cheryl Miller Houser
Hosted by: White House Detroit Federal Working Group + Venture for America + GENERATION STARTUP
Landmark Aquarius Theatre, 430 Emerson St, Palo Alto, June 25th, 11 AM-1 PM.

Directed by Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade and Academy Award-nominated Cheryl Miller Houser, GENERATION STARTUP takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing the in-the-trenches struggles and triumphs of recent college graduates who put everything on the line to launch startups in Detroit through a program called Venture for America. For more visit:

Who should come: Entrepreneurs and delegates interested in entrepreneurship in America and in The Detroit Story. Investors interested in the film industry. Social impact investors interested in start-up apprenticeship programs and the Venture for America model. Film industry experts and enthusiasts willing to share feedback on the film with film director/producer and Venture for America CEO Andrew Yang

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Register by: June 24, 2016

The Future of Impact Entrepreneurship
Hosted by the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers, Palo Alto
Stanford University, Saturday June 25, 1-4 PM.

Join our panel discussion with impact entrepreneurs, investors and World Economic Forum's community members from around the world. The panel will be followed by breakout group sessions (covering different sectors, initiatives and geographic areas) and a final session to mingle. Panelists and group leaders are selected among the official GES attendee, World Economic Forum's community members and top Silicon Valley-based professionals.

Chair: Andrea Carafa, World Economic Forum's Global Shaper, Founder & CEO, ArtsUp


Register by: June 18, 2016

Selected attendees will receive the exact address of the venue. Organizations interested in sponsoring the event should email

Enabling Policy Environments for Entrepreneurship in Africa
Silicon Valley, exact location to be announced via email to those who RSVP
Hosted by: State Department Economic Bureau Deputy Assistant Secretary Lisa Kubiske and World Bank Director, Global Indicators Group, Augusto Lopez-Claros

This participatory event will focus on policies to reduce barriers to entry and create improved business environments in Africa. With the help of public and private sector experts, officials and entrepreneurs from Nigeria, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoir, and Kenya will be invited to work in teams to identify and discuss the most solutions to improve the business climate. The most promising ideas will be presented to a panel of experts and an external audience for feedback.  Following the event, there will be a process to identify interested entrepreneurs as ‘Entrepreneurs in Residence,’ working with U.S. Embassies and local government officials to provide ongoing advice on key policy in their countries.


Register by: June 20, 2016



Benetech Site Visit - Technology for Social Good
Hosted by: Benetech

Visit to Benetech, the leading social enterprise in Silicon Valley, to learn about our dynamic programs using tech for social good.

Visit RocketSpace - A Global Ecosystem Designed to Help Tech Startups Grow
Hosted by: RocketSpace
Visit RocketSpace's San Francisco Headquarters and learn how its ecosystem has played a role in creating 16 "unicorn" companies, including Uber, Blippar, and Spotify.

Accelerating Clean Energy Access Around the World:  Challenges and Opportunities for Tech Companies
Hosted by: U.S. Department of State
This interactive workshop will focus on identifying and overcoming technology challenges to providing and rapidly scaling-up off-grid clean energy access in developing countries, such as 1) building out the telecom/global mobile networks with mobile banking and mobile smart metering services as a way to promote and expand access to electricity; (2) battery storage for mini-grid and solar home systems (SHS); (3) energy efficient appliances tailored for rural areas; and (4) off-the-shelf ready SHSs and mini-grids. 

Micro-Entrepreneurship in America      
Hosted by: Thumbtack      

Join senior Thumbtack (a Sequoia and Google Capital-backed company) executives for a tour, conversation and lunch about the state of micro-entrepreneurship in America and what other entrepreneurs can learn about building businesses that empower micro-entrepreneurs around the country and enable them to lift up entire communities.                                                                                                                                   

Workshop: How to raise money for your venture      
Hosted by: TiE Silicon Valley

Workshop, lecture and practice pitches. Only those seriously considering entrepreneurship should apply, and be prepared to pitch your venture to mentors and investors. 

Hack Your Creative Culture with Stanford and Google
Hosted by: Stanford's University Innovation Fellows Program, and Google Creative Skills for Innovation Labs

Join this active workshop to practice skills and mindsets fueling Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs and discover key elements to build a culture of innovation at your organization.

Deloitte Greenhouse: Innovation Salon
Hosted by: Deloitte Consulting LLP

Join Geoff Tuff, Harvard Business Review innovation contributor and the leader of Doblin, Deloitte Consulting's innovation practice, in the award-winning Deloitte Greenhouse for the "Innovation Salon." Following an interactive discussion on innovation and entrepreneurship, highly experienced teams of strategy and operations experts will work with you to sharpen your business case and take your idea to market.

The Future of the Space Industry
Hosted by: World Economic Forum's Global Shapers – Palo Alto Hub

Join our tour of NASA’s restricted hangar, followed by a panel discussion with space industry leaders and World Economic Forum tech affiliates, and a final session to mingle.

Interactive Session: Exponential Technology + Scaling Your Venture
PLUS Bonus talk by Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author Peter Diamandis

@ Singularity University

Learn about the future of technology, innovation ecosystems and how it will affect your venture. Then ask your biggest questions about building your business with Pascal Finette, VP, Accelerator Programs at SU Labs, an incubator for startups using exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Finally, sit in on a talk by well-known entrepreneur and best-selling author, Peter Diamandis talking about XPrize 2016 Opportunities (global competitions challenging innovators to develop breakthrough technologies).


Title: Scaling For-Benefit Entrepreneurship to Solve 21st Century Global Challenges
Hosted by: Stanford Angels and Entrepreneurs, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Institute for Fourth Sector Development, Startx

An interactive discussion and reception with global leaders from business, impact investing, government, philanthropy, tech and academia exploring how “for-benefit” entrepreneurship — businesses driving social and environmental solution — can accelerate the transition to a sustainable, inclusive economy. The session will be both educational and action oriented, framed by a panel of experts and geared toward discovering opportunities for collaboration.

Emerging Worlds - Innovating for Billions
Hosted by: Facebook & MIT Media Lab

Roll up your sleeves with the MIT Media Lab, Facebook, and other participants on an innovation exercise to “spot” and “probe” on exciting Emerging Worlds challenges. Discuss the MIT Media Lab's Emerging Worlds platform and innovations and learn how to scale your ideas and contribute your problem statements.


The Global Entrepreneurship Summit's Middle East & North Africa Speed Networking & Iftar Reception
Hosted by: Middle East & North Africa Consultants Association, the Near Eastern Affairs Bureau of the U.S. State Department, and the Arab League

The evening event will include guest speakers, a speed networking session between GES entrepreneurs and investors, and an Iftar networking reception beginning at sundown. 

Starburst Accelerator Evening Reception
Hosted by: Silicon Valley Bank

Following the dedicated aerospace startup pitch event held at NASA Ames, the social drinks reception will be held in the evening at Silicon Valley Bank Menlo Park. Space is limited for GES guests so please confirm your interest in advance.


Dinner and Conversations with Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation
Hosted by: Bill Draper and Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Team

From startup to end up – join Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation for an evening of conversations about how to create lasting impact around the globe.

Networking Dinner for Entrepreneurs in Healthcare
Hosted by: Open Health Network

Networking dinner for entrepreneurs in healthcare industry: share ideas, discuss opportunities, partnerships, funding.


Hackathon: Empowering Women through Technology
Hosted by: Hacktivision

This 2-day hackathon will bring participants through design thinking workshops and into lean technical development as they develop technical tools for women's empowerment.