By Asmaa Bahadi –
Rabat – The seventh annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will take place at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California on June 22-24.
The GES 2016, which will be hosted by Barack Obama, President of the United States, is a global event that highlights innovators, pioneers, and problem-solvers on an international level. It also aims to inspire a whole generation of leaders to change the world through their own ideas and visions.
The GES is considered as an opportunity for investors and supporters to interact with entrepreneurs and discover new solutions and opportunities relating to the markets and sectors in which they invest.
Over 700 entrepreneurs (from the 5,000 entrepreneurs from across the world who submitted applications) and more than 300 investors and supporters have been selected to participate in the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit as GES delegates.
The selected entrepreneurs represent 170 countries and territories. The oldest entrepreneur is 69 years old, while the youngest entrepreneur is 11 years old. Furthermore, 150 of the GES delegates have been specially selected to participate in GES+, a day-long event focused on the most promising young and female entrepreneurs.
50 percent of entrepreneurs selected to attend GES are women.
The selected entrepreneurs represent many sectors and fields, such as information technology, education, technology, health and energy industries, as well as the artisan sector, innovative agriculture, and the creative industries.
“By welcoming an unprecedented number of investors to this year’s GES, we are able to achieve this goal and showcase the talent, solutions, and opportunity that exist around the world directly to investors,“ said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.
GES primary goal is to boost the opportunities available to promising entrepreneurs from around the world through access to capital and mentorship, considering entrepreneurship a foundational tool to ensure more communities around the world are economically prosperous, secure and globally-connected.
Edited by Ghita Benslimane