Partner Events Hosted on the Margins of the 2016 GES Announced

June 17, 2016

For Immediate Release

In collaboration with the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), more than 30 partners will host events in and around the San Francisco Bay Area to expose participating global entrepreneurs and investors to the full breadth of Silicon Valley's innovation ecosystem. Held on the margins of the Summit, June 21 to 25, GES Partner Events include workshops, panel discussions, field trips, film screenings, intimate dinners, and networking receptions. Events are hosted by GES sponsors, partners and affiliated organizations, such as Skoll Foundation, Silicon Valley Bank, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, and Deloitte, in addition to a wide spectrum of tech industry leaders across sectors.

Holding GES in Silicon Valley highlights America’s entrepreneurial spirit and allows American investors and entrepreneurs to see the talent, solutions, and possibility that exists around the world. GES attendees participating in partner events will visit the campuses of companies such as Facebook, Benetech, and RocketSpace. GES entrepreneurs will network and engage with local innovators through events like a two day hackathon to develop technical tools for women’s empowerment. Bringing the world to Silicon Valley advances jobs, skills, and wealth creation across the United States by connecting investors and entrepreneurs with good ideas that have the potential to scale and deliver innovative products and services.

Side events will feature leading industry experts and aim to help entrepreneurs hack their creative culture, raise capital, scale ventures, and navigate public policy. Special events will highlight innovation in Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as cover wide-ranging topics, from women in technology and increasing access to renewable energy, to next-generation technology in space exploration, artificial intelligence, and healthcare with social entrepreneurship and leveraging technology to tackle global challenges themes of particular focus.

GES Partner Events are not organized or sponsored by the U.S. government.

A full list of GES Partner Events is available at Details of events open to the media run below; please contact individual organizers for additional registration or logistics information. (For events requiring email RSVP, please subject-line your message “Press RSVP – GES Event”)


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

Location/Time: Stanford, CA; 5:00 – 9:00 PM

Event Summary: This event showcases leading African women entrepreneurs and innovators, celebrates women in technology, and highlights key resources that connect and empower women in tech globally.


RSVP Deadline: June 18, 2016


Demand Solutions: Showcasing Latin American and Caribbean Innovation and Entrepreneurship that Improves Lives

Hosted by: Inter-American Development Bank, U.S. Small Business Administration,

Blum Center for Developing Economies

Location/Time: Stanford, CA; 9 – 3:30 PM

Event Summary: Innovators and entrepreneurs working in Latin American and the Caribbean will demonstrate how their solutions are improving lives and the power of being truly global.


RSVP Deadline: June 20, 2016


Interactive Session: Exponential Technology + Scaling Your Venture PLUS Bonus talk by Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author Peter Diamandis @ Singularity University; NASA Research Park

Location/Time: Mountain View, CA, 3:00 - 5:45PM

Event Summary: Pascal Finette, VP, Accelerator Programs at SU Labs, an incubator for startups using exponential technologies to solve humanity’s grand will deliver remarks, followed by well-known entrepreneur and best-selling author, Peter Diamandis, who will discuss the XPrize 2016 Opportunities (global competitions challenging innovators to develop breakthrough technologies).


RSVP Deadline: June 18



Hack Your Creative Culture with Stanford and Google

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

Location/Time: Stanford, CA; 1:00-5:00 PM

Event Summary: A workshop to practice skills and mindsets fueling Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurs and discover key elements to build a culture of innovation at your organization.


RSVP Deadline: June 18, 2016


Cocktails & Conversation: Social Entrepreneurs Building Blueprints for Change

Hosted by: The Skoll Foundation

Location/Time: Stanford, CA; 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Event Summary: 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. A dynamic conversation by 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.



The Global Entrepreneurship Summit'ss 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

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


RSVP Deadline: June 18, 2016


Workshop with David S. Rose: Building a High-Growth Company

Hosted by:

Location/Time: Palo Alto, CA; 6 – 7 PM

Event Summary: David S. Rose, serial entrepreneur and renowned angel investor and author of The Startup Checklist,will share essential steps for starting and building a high-growth business.


RSVP Deadline: June 22, 2016


Preparing for the Future of Artificial Intelligence

Hosted by: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Stanford

Location/Time: Stanford, CA; 6 – 9 PM

Event Summary: Stanford University and OSTP will co-host a discussion and reception on the challenges and potential of artificial intelligence.


RSVP Deadline: June 19, 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

Location/Time: Palo Alto, CA; 6:30 -10:30 PM

Event Summary: Detroit entrepreneurs, innovators and investors are driving forward the city's transformation – hear the remarkable story straight from leaders in social impact, food, new manufacturing, and mobility. A panel discussion will explore the unique conditions and opportunities of Detroit that has inspired and launched new businesses.


RSVP Deadline: June 19, 2016


Sister Cities Networking Event: Building Entrepreneurial Ties and Collaborations Between Nations

Hosted by: Sister Cities International, New Context, Digital Garage

Location/Time: San Francisco, CA 94103, 7PM - 9:30PM

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


RSVP Deadline: June 19, 2015



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

Location/Time: Landmark Aquarius Theatre – Palo Alto, 11:00 AM - 1:00 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.

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RSVP Deadline: June 24, 2016


The Future of Impact Entrepreneurship

Hosted by: the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers, Palo Alto

Location/Time: Stanford, CA; 1 – 4 PM

Event Summary: A panel discussion with impact entrepreneurs, investors and World Economic Forum's community members from around the world chaired by Andrea Carafa, World Economic Forum's Global Shaper, Founder & CEO, ArtsUp. The panel discussion will be followed by various breakout sessions covering a variety of sectoral initiatives and geographic areas.


RSVP Deadline: June 19, 2016


Enabling Policy Environments for Entrepreneurship in Africa

Hosted by: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Finance and Development Lisa Kubiske; Director of Global Indicators Group at the World Bank Group, Augusto Lopez-Claros

Location/Time: Silicon Valley, CA; TBC

Event Summary: 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’Ivoire, and Kenya will be invited to work in teams to identify and discuss the most solutions to improve the business climate. Ideas will be presented to a panel of experts and an external audience for feedback


RSVP Deadline: June 20, 2016



Accreditation: Partner events do not require GES media credential, but pre-registration is necessary.

Capabilities/Coverage: Individual events vary in media capabilities (e.g. press riser, etc.) Please contact individual organizers for further logistical details.

Transportation: Depending on the event, paid or complimentary parking may be available. No shuttle transportation is available for GES partner events.