Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is an
annual international event of supreme importance. In the Summit, emerging
entrepreneurs, investors and supporters from around the world will participate
creating an environment of unique encouragement to the enterprising prospective
entrepreneurs. GES 2017 focuses on empowering particularly women entrepreneurs
to take their ideas to the next level, facilitating building partnerships,
securing funding and above all finding their right target customers. Besides,
the Summit will also create new goods and services that will transform
This theme of this year’s Summit is “Women First,
Prosperity for All”.
significant detail of this Summit is Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President,
will headline the United States delegation to the Summit.
The 8th edition of the
Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) is being co-hosted by the United States
and India in Hyderabad, November 28-30, 2017, for which 1,500 individuals have
been selected to participate. This is the first time the Summit is being held
in South Asia. Since 2010, the GES has travelled to Washington D.C., Istanbul,
Dubai, Marrakech, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Silicon Valley, says an official
release from NITI Aayog.
The Summit will be inaugurated by Hon’ble Prime
Minister, Narendra Modi. Advisor to the President of USA, Ivanka Trump will
lead the U.S. contingent to the summit, which will highlight the theme of
“Women First, Prosperity for All” and focus on supporting women entrepreneurs
and fostering economic growth globally. The Summit will focus on four areas
viz. Energy & Infrastructure; Digital Economy & Financial Technology;
Health & Life Sciences and Media & Entertainment.
Approximately one third of the selected entrepreneurs
are from the United States, one third are from India, and one third are from
other countries around the globe. These 1,500 participants include nearly
300 investors and ecosystem supporters who will catalyze investment and
networking at the Summit. Here are a few
key facts on this impressive, diverse group.
- Women will represent 52.5 percent of entrepreneurs, investors and
ecosystem supporters at GES 2017. This is the first time that women
have been the majority of participants at a GES.
- Women from 127 countries are participating. 10+ countries will be
represented by an all-female delegation, including Afghanistan, Saudi
Arabia, and Israel.
- Overall, participants hail from 150 countries and territories
across the world.
- The American entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem supporters
come from 38 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
- Indian entrepreneurs from the length and breadth of the country
will join GES and connect with entrepreneurs and investors from around the
- 31.5 percent of entrepreneurs at GES are 30 years or younger.
- The youngest entrepreneur is 13 and the oldest entrepreneur is 84.
This year’s Summit will have a wide range of speakers
from diverse and interesting backgrounds. Prominent speakers from more than 35
countries would share their insights and outlook for the future of technology,
innovation, entrepreneurship. International industry leaders such as John
Chambers, Prem Watsa, Marcus Wallenberg will be sharing their perspective on
For many of us, the most interesting stories will come
from the entrepreneurs who are carving a space for themselves, going off the
beaten track. Anousheh Ansari, the Iranian-American space traveler will share
her experience of what it was like to revolutionize the space industry by
opening it to private sector participation. Equally fascinating would be to
hear Sibongile Sambo’s journey from a rejected flight attendant to founding her
own aviation company.
Exceptional and path-breaking MIT professors Carlo
Ratti and Danielle Wood will share their insights on imminent technology disruptions
and related trends in global entrepreneurship. Prominent Indian entrepreneurs
such as Anu Acharya and Radhika Agarwal will discuss scaling tech-enabled
startups, while leading investors Vani Kola and Shanti Mohan will share their
experience with entrepreneurs looking to take the next leap.
In the session on entrepreneurship in sports, Chatri
Sityodtong who gave up his career as an investment banker to pursue his passion
in sports, will share the stage with Sania Mirza who has brought India laurels in
tennis and Pullela Gopicahnd who has taken badminton to great heights. Renowned
chef, Vikas Khanna, will share his journey of founding and running
Michelin-starred restaurants in New York.
Other pioneering Indian entrepreneurs who
will speak at the GES include Ritesh Agarwal, the 24-year-old founder of
unicorn startup OYO Rooms; Sonam Wangchuk, a renowned engineer and
education reformer from Ladakh and inspiration for the character Phunsukh
Wangdu in Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 Idiots, and Piyush Pandey, the most
illustrious name in advertising and a Padma Shree Awardee, among
The Summit would offer different formats
for interaction amongst the participants from panel discussions, networking
opportunities and pitch events.
this summit holds a special place as we are more intensely focused than ever
before to give entrepreneurs the opportunities and ecosystem to help them
Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, the government's think tank. “We have
been encouraging the spirit of entrepreneurship through various programs be
that Start-Up India, Make in India or the Atal Innovation Mission. This Summit
will help us showcase our incredible potential to the world.”
A virtual exhibition through a multi-touch
interactive wall, sensor-enabled touch screens, rotoscope mural technology and
physical displays will showcase over 100 innovative start-ups, products,
services and processes that are transforming the Indian and global landscape.
In the lead up to the Summit, we have enabled a series
of events from Hackathons to pitch competitions, held not just in India, but
around the world. More than 500 Indian entrepreneurs applied for participating
in the pitching competition, and we have shortlisted 35 candidates who will
have the opportunity to present their ideas to the world’s top investors. It is
an unparalleled opportunity for a big breakthrough for them, which will give
them not just funding, but the mentoring support they need.
For more information on the Global Entrepreneurship
Summit, please visit www.ges2017.gov.in and follow @ges2017 on Twitter and
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