High-profile investors join Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

Today, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United States of America announced that APG, PGGM, Silicon Valley Bank, BlackRock, Atomico, Carlyle Group, Bank of America, WR Hambrecht Ventures, and CVC are among the investors planning to attend the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. That is set to take place in The Hague on June 3-5, 2019. 

Het World Forum in Den Haag.

The World Forum in The Hague where GES2019 will take place.

GES, the pre-eminent global conference of the last ten years for entrepreneurs addressing the world’s most pressing challenges, will be co-hosted by Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte and U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo. During the program in The Hague, investment-ready entrepreneurs will showcase their start-ups to funders, founders, experts and policymakers. 

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GES 2019 will bring together international high-profile investors from the entire capital continuum. APG, one of the largest pension funds in the world, and BlackRock, the world's largest asset manager, are among those participating in an investor-specific program at GES, the 'Finance Forum,' a key component of the Summit program.

At the Finance Forum, investors will discuss leading issues affecting the investor community, such as access to capital, diversity of teams, balancing fiduciary responsibility with long-term investment strategies, and managing investment risk in volatile environments.  The program will prompt new insights about the changing role of finance.  Attendance is by invitation only.  


Speakers of the Finance Forum will include:

  • HRH Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands, Special Envoy Startup Delta
  • Marleen Evertsz, Co-Founder and CEO of NxChange 
  • Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America  
  • Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock                    
  • Thomas Thurston, Partner, WR Hambrecht Ventures and HDGV 
  • Corien Wortmann-Kool, Chair, Stichting Pensioenfonds ABP
  • Ronald Wuijster, CEO, APG Asset Management  


In addition to the Finance Forum, investors will take part in all of GES 2019, where they can learn about private solutions and government support for innovation in the five focus sectors of agriculture, health, water, energy, and connectivity.  Investors will have multiple opportunities to interact with investment-ready entrepreneurs around the world in the five focus sectors.

Additional speakers, program information and Summit details will be released in the coming weeks. For information relating to the Finance Forum, contact investor@GES2019.nl. For information and developments regarding GES, visit us online and follow us at @theGESsummit and #GES2019.