Do you have a transformative, scalable water tech solution? Do you want to join other trailblazers to build entrepreneur-led water solutions for the future? Then take your change and take the stage at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague, the Netherlands on 4-5 June.


You have only one day left to apply. The closing date for application to join the summit is 1 March.


  At a pre-event of GES2019 in Las Vegas (USA) Dutch and US companies discussed the importance of an event for high-impact entrepreneurs. Here Corinne Vigreux, co-founder of Dutch navigation technologies company TomTom, explains the importance of an ecosystem for entrepreneurs to scale up.

More bankable water projects
There is one more reason for entrepreneurs to participate. To join in on discussions with financers to make more water projects bankable to be able to reach the Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water by 2030.

By involving financers at an early stage of the development of new water technologies it will become easier to roll out the technical solutions globally.

Shared ownership
"With shared ownership, water projects last longer", says Dutch special water envoy Henk Ovink. Ovink will be at the summit sharing the latest experiences with the Water as Leverage programme in three Asian cities.

"In those cities we are seeking ways to integrating water solutions in other infrastructure projects, such as the creation of parks, harbours, roads or district renovation", Ovink explains.

Join discussions with financers
Ovink invites tech entrepreneurs to join the discussion with him and the financers that will be present at the summit.

"I take pride in your innovative technologies, your capacity to connect and collaborate globally", the water envoy continues. "Together we show how to run water approaches, inclusively and comprehensively, and show the world to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". 

Ovink: "Join me and possible partners from around the world to connect, find opportunities to invest, implement and scale up and replicate your best projects. Let’s show the world this best global investment opportunity."

dws-ges2019-poster-stage-for-scale-ups-350pxFirst time in Europe
The 9th edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be held in Europe for the first time.

It is hosted by the Dutch government and will again bring together 2,000 entrepreneurs from all over the world, giving them the chance to meet 400 top investors, business leaders, policy makers and innovators.

The event includes inspirational talks, pitch competitions and ‘matchmaking’ sessions.

Besides water, this year’s edition will also be focussing on agriculture/food, connectivity, energy and health.

Three pre-events
Before the summit takes place in The Hague, three pre-events will take place:
● Road to GES 2019 Caribbean, Curaçao, on 14-15 March 2019
● Road to GES Heartland, Kansas, USA, on 18-19 March
● Road to GES The Next Web, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 9-10 May 2019

See more details on the application:

Read more on this website
Pitch your water innovation at GES2019 Summit in The Hague, 29 January 2019
European Water Technology Week 2018: A look back on an event that connected water tech hubs worldwide, 3 October 2018
Water Tech Fest: Caught in the battle between game changers and game keepers, 27 May 2016
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