2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Tackles Global Challenges with Tech Solutions

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA (January 9) – At CES®, the largest and most influential tech event in the world, Dutch and U.S. companies discussed the value of the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) as an outcome-driven event for high-impact entrepreneurs looking to scale their businesses and enter the international marketplace.

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Karen Chupka, executive vice president of CES – owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM, opened the information session at CES in Las Vegas. She said GES 2019 is exciting because of the collaborative nature of the event – bringing technologies and companies and policy makers together from around the world, solving real-world problems and exploring technology for good.

Johanna Shelton, Director for Public Policy at Google, Corinne Vigreux, Co-Founder of TomTom and coding academy Codam, as well as Roy Jakobs, Chief Business Leader for Personal Health of Philips, emphasized the value of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and the significance of having the Summit for the first time in the EU.

Shelton (Google): “There is untapped potential all over the world for projects that will help people’s lives improve through health, mobility, and connectivity. That is why we encourage entrepreneurs in these sectors to apply for GES.”

Vigreux (TomTom): “What I’d like to see is GES giving the confidence for those entrepreneurs to scale … to have the backing and to understand that they have an ecosystem around them, that allows them to follow their dream.”

Jakobs (Philips): “Philips strongly believes in open innovation. To make health systems across the world more sustainable we need to collaborate across borders and industries. That’s why we support GES. We believe entrepreneurship and innovation will be at the forefront of solving the big societal challenges.”

Phil Auerswald, senior advisor for the Global Entrepreneurship Network and director for GEN eXponential, said investment and fostering relationships between innovation and finance is a focus for GES 2019. Another key aspect, he said, is that the Summit is about creating an environment for entrepreneurs to grow.

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Mona Keijzer, State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy from the Netherlands, closed the session: “I am very pleased to welcome GES in The Netherlands. GES 2019 will be about resolving global challenges and finding the right business models and partners. Of course, we will showcase the Dutch solutions for these challenges. The new-found partnerships will last beyond the Summit, and will continue to help companies to scale. GES is a new way of doing business, and bringing next-generation technologies to the market.”

A few more impressions of the session on January 9 at The Venetian, Las Vegas:

Mona Keijzer in the audience together with Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, independent advisor on corporate innovation

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