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Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES)

Published on February 7, 2016

Invitation to take part to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Silicon Valley (the San Francisco Bay Area, California) on June 22-24, 2016



The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Silicon Valley (the San Francisco Bay Area, California) will take place on June 22-24, 2016.

This Summit will be the 7th installment in a series previously hosted by the United States and the governments of Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Morocco, and Kenya. Silicon Valley is a strategic location that highlights the important role that entrepreneurship plays in the U.S. economy, and also provides a unique platform to connect global entrepreneurs with prominent investors and mentors. 

GES 2016 will showcase the USG’s commitment to the promotion of entrepreneurship, shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs from around the globe, expand access to funders and mentors, facilitate private sector engagement with other regions of the world, and support economic growth and development.  The agenda will include a diverse array of panels, plenaries, workshops, conversations, and myriad opportunities for mentoring and networking.


The first day of the three-day summit will provide an opportunity for a select group of youth and women entrepreneurs to connect with investors and funders, while the remaining two days will widen the lens to focus on all facets of entrepreneurship.  Roughly 1,000-1,200 total delegates are anticipated, the majority of whom are expected to be entrepreneurs. Three types of delegates will participate in the GES:  Entrepreneurs (550 slots); a select group of Entrepreneurs chosen to participate in an additional Youth and Women event on June 22 (150 slots); and Investors (300 slots).




All delegates must apply via the online application.  The online application for GES 2016 Entrepreneur participants started on February 4, 2016, at, and will close on February 15

The application is designed to encourage potential participants to articulate their enterprise’s unique contributions, challenges, and opportunities.  It also will prepare them to actively engage with investors and other entrepreneurs (e.g. by requesting a pitch slide deck.) 

Applicants may save and return to the application at a later date to complete, but it must be submitted by the February 15 deadline.

All entrepreneur delegates, including for the Youth and Women event, will be selected from the same applicant pool. The online application form for Investor delegates will be available beginning February 16, 2016, at the same website,