Road to GES kick-off session: ‘empowering mental wellbeing Generation Z’

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International mission 

“Everyone has the right to good healthcare.” That is the message from the World Health Organization (WHO) that was announced last Sunday during World Health Day. This international mission will be continued in The Hague this Thursday. The results of a study into the mental health of Dutch youth are presented at the Hofstad town hall. And a number of entrepreneurs, government agencies, educational institutions and youth organizations are jointly looking for solutions to enhance that mental well-being.

Mental well-being of youth

Recent research shows that too often young people struggle with their mental state. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 5 experiences mental problems, and depression is one of the most important causes of illness in adolescents worldwide. Young people’s mental well-being therefore deserves attention and investment.

Prevention & Self-Care

Fortunately, there are ways to ward off the mental unrest among young people. According to WHO, prevention and the promotion of ‘self-care’ are the keys to success. That means a shift in focus (from cure to care) and the correct deployment of information and communication technology. But it seems that there are still insufficient solutions available, that young people are not informed about them, or do not have access to them.

Kick-off session
for acceleration of innovative solutions

Three parties, The Hague Youth
Ideas from Europe and 125Procent, are committed to paving the way for actions and solutions that make young people more (mentally) resilient. That is why they are organizing a kick-off session on 11 April for relevant stakeholders on this theme. Of course the most important stakeholders are also present: the young people themselves. Together, they want to look at the theme from different perspectives and discover which steps can be taken.

Research and action

This kick-off session is part of the ‘Road to GES’, a series of events that lead toward the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 4 and 5 in The Hague. Here, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers from all over the world come together to enter into valuable partnerships. The results of the kick-off session will be used to conclude deals that serve as the basis for a session about the mental health of Generation Z during this summit in June.

More information

Do you want to contribute to, or make an item about this kick-off session on April 11? Sign up below, or contact Pamela Logjes: 
+31 (0) 6 25 13 56 85

Apply for GES 2019 now

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On Monday December 17, GES 2019 launched the call for applications for entrepreneurs to attend the Global Entrepreneur Summit 2019 on June 4 and 5 in the The Hague.

The event – organized in a joint effort by the US and Dutch governments – will focus on the commercial value of global challenges, showcasing technological impact solutions within Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health and Water. GES 2019 will bring 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, policy makers and thought leaders under one roof. The event offers an inspiring two-day program filled with motivational keynote speakers, high-level panel discussions, matchmaking activities and curated investor meetups.


Entrepreneurs who want to be part of GES 2019 are invited to apply before January 30, 2019. They must meet criteria in order to be eligible for selection:

  • Technology with the potential to contribute to global challenges within Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health and Water
  • An innovation that is more than a concept, with a functioning, market-ready business model
  • An enterprise that is investor-ready, with the ambition and the capacity to scale-up internationally within 5 years
  • Preference for entrepreneurs that work together with universities or research institutions

Applications will be reviewed by an independent jury who will carry out the selection of invitees for GES 2019. Please find more details about the event, the participation criteria and selection process on

Global Entrepreneurship Summit comes to the Netherlands in 2019

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In the first week of June 2019 the Netherlands will be buzzing with excitement as it is transformed into a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Together with the United States of America, our country will be organising the ninth edition of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on 4 and 5 June. At the GES, around 2.000 entrepreneurs, investors and other participants from all over the world will come together at the World Forum in the Hague. The summit aims to promote international entrepreneurship and recognise entrepreneurship’s influence in the development of concrete solutions to global challenges.

GES will be a one-of-a-kind experience, energised by a festive atmosphere, with a high-level conference and market place where ideas are transformed into actions. Over the course of two days, participants will follow a unique programme consisting of top keynote speakers, expert panels and matchmaking activities. Investors and innovators will be brought together through different creative environments, spaces and events. They will go beyond just productive discussions and take concrete action towards tackling challenges within five main sectors: food and agriculture, water, energy, health and connectivity. The future of work and access to finance will serve as the two main overarching themes of the summit.

More than an event
GES is more than an event. It is an annual gathering where solutions are discussed, connections are made, and outcomes are achieved. This year GES will develop a creative approach to discussing challenges faced in each of the industry sectors and then showcase solutions.

Fostering entrepreneurship and innovation
The United States and the Netherlands are both recognised globally for their culture of entrepreneurship. GES is one example of the commitment to work with other countries to foster entrepreneurship and innovation while developing concrete solutions to global challenges at the same time. U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will lead the U.S. delegation to the Netherlands for GES. The Netherlands will co-host the conference, with Minister Sigrid Kaag (Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation) having been appointed as the acting chairman for GES 2019.

Activities throughout the Netherlands
Up to 200 Dutch entrepreneurs and investors will participate in the GES. To enable wider participation, events will be organised across the Netherlands before, during and after the summit. In an effort to make the GES a truly inclusive event, those who take part will not be required to pay an attendance fee. € 15 million has been put forward by the Dutch government to cover the costs of organising the summit.

Sign Up
From mid-December 2018 interested entrepreneurs can register online to participate in the GES at Additional criteria for participation, and further details on the selection process, will be updated on the website within the coming month.

Ideas from Europe announces its third Value Track!

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Starting off in Knights’ Hall on April 24 where 12 great entrepreneurs shared their innovative solutions, an on- and offline consultation has been done to see which theme resonates the most with Europe. Also the SME envoys of all 27 EU member states advised on which theme should be facilitated by Ideas from Europe in its further development.

We are very happy to announce that “Renewing Urban Energy and Environments” will be the subject of our third Value Track!

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From Unicorns to Zebras. How can we stimulate sustainable (investment) business models?

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24 april 2018, From Unicorns to Zebras.

Ideas from Europe shows that a growing number of entrepreneurs is working on innovation for a better world. These companies focus not only on profit, but also on societal impact. As one of the Ideas from Europe side-events, the European Commission’s DG for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and the Impact City of The Hague organised a workshop to explore how to stimulate the growth of business that aim to ‘do business and do good’. In particular, what is the changing role of investors who want to explore a more sustainable and responsible  growth models by building on the approaches already used in the impact investment field, in addition to searching solely for exponential growth companies.

The workshop brought together around 30 participants with very different backgrounds. The speakers were:

The Impact City of The Hague, who introduced their journey in developing an innovation and entrepreneurship programme reflecting their strength as international city of Peace and Justice. This resulted in the emergence of the Impact Economy programme and the ImpactCity community.

Then, ‘Zebras Unite’, a bottom-up global movement identified the emerging needs of businesses pursuing purpose as well as profit (and invited everyone to join!).

Finally, NLimpact and Sens Foods described investment challenges and opportunities from an investor and start-up business perspective. As an example of a changing investor perspective NLimpact assesses their investment not only in terms of profit, but also their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Inspired and enthused by the speakers, participants were then invited to work in small groups on what they considered opportunities and challenges for ‘zebras’ (a working name for companies that want to scale and do good) both financially as well as in terms of impact. And what could be done at European level to help this movement.

Some challenges identified were the impact on the balance sheet and where to start looking for (the right type of) funding. Impact investing is an immature market and perhaps too much modelled on mainstream VC practices. A longer term or ‘more patient’ capital is needed. A related challenge is how to put a ‘monetary value’ on ‘values’ that such companies exercise on all levels of their operations – from products or services offered through their value chains to reducing negative spill-overs from their operations. Creating a European corridor for soft landings and easier access to ecosystems when expanding to different countries were mentioned. How can government be acting as the first investor – what is the role for public procurement. The workshop’s outcome will feed into the Commission’s Start-up and Scale-up initiative and continued during the SME Assembly in Austria later this year. Let us know if you are interested!

A way to cure the common cold

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It is still one of the most common diseases in the world; the common cold. We spend nearly five years of our lives coughing and having clogged noses. Most remedies are only mitigating the symptoms of the disease. But Panoxyvir from Italy has found a revolutionary way to really cure the disease.

“Our spray is based on oxy-teroles, molecules produced by our body that have the ability to modify cell membrane composition,” says Lembo. “Their action, in short, is directed toward our cells, which makes it very unlikely to develop cold-strain virus strains that can withstand the drug,” said General Pathologist Guiseppe Poli, managing director of Panoxyvir.

The spray could become the first drug to cure colds and prevent the onset of symptoms and the transmission of the disease. So no more handkerchiefs in your pockets.

Guiseppe Poli will be on stage to explain the workings of Panoxyvir during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22.

Faster diagnoses with simplified techniques

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People working at heights need to have perfect balance. To diagnose problems with balance, Ear-Nose-Throat-doctors (ENT-doctors) need to comb through vast amounts of data to come the right conclusion. If it is up to ENTy from Romania, that will change rapidly.

Currently, ENT doctors must use a large diagnosis device that produces mainly visual information. ENTy aims to empower Ear-Nose-Throat-doctors to issue data-based assessments and proposes a radical simplification of the equipment needed to diagnose balance through Ear-Nose-Throat consultations for people working at great heights.

“Our solution consists in a lighter, portable, lower cost device that generates numerical indicators, easy to interpret. It will be developed in collaboration with ENT doctors, allowing fine-tuning and calibration in order to maximize its relevance for present-day medical professionals,” saiys Flavia Oprea, founder of ENTy.

At the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe, she will present ENTy’s new technology and represent Romania on November 22 in Tallinn.

Taking on surplus waste and helping vulnerable groups

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More than 20 percent of harvest every year gets rotten and unused. Millions of tonnes of good food are wasted. Violeta Masteikienė of GMM Projektai has created an easy to use food sharing platform and an innovative line of products that are produced by using harvest surplus and including socially vulnerable groups into the process.

One of the spearhead projects of Violeta and GMM Prjektai was the ‘Friends Jam initiative’. Friends Jam is an organization that connects big families with gardeners or arboretum owners. They all together collect excessive harvest – berries and fruits – either using it for big families needs and saving a family budget for a food either make tasty jams and sell it to make extra money.

These activities not only build new communities, they also save excessive harvest from rotting on the ground and provides some additional skills and knowledge about managing personal finances, family businesses, entrepreneurship. And, of course, together with Friends Jam’s brand-building activities they are raising awareness about food wasting.

 “I feel the responsibility to represent Lithuanian social business in Europe and a great desire. This will require a lot of work, and one field is not a warrior, so the first job is to team up,” Violeta said after she was chosen to represent Lithuania at the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22. Want to hear more about her platform? Tune in to the live stream on November 22 and listen to Violeta’s ideas to better social business.

Making electric mobility understandable

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Electric mobility is the future. That is why eCars from Bulgaria not only works on making sure the Electronic Vehicles (EV) get the best power units to charge them, eCars also wants everybody to understand the importance of electric mobility.

“We make electric mobility easy to understand, desirable and accessible,” says Mark Marinov of eCars, Mark is keen on green and a tech savvy serial entrepreneur and business developer. ”We have the largest online media for electric mobility in Bulgaria, were we produce our own TV-series and manage an EV charging mapping network across the country.”

eCars also created a workshop for students to get more involved with electric mobility. The goal of the Electric Mobility for Isperih – project is to inform them about the news transportation technologies, how electric vehicles help save the environment, cultural heritage and people’s health in the community.

Mark will tell all about eCars and the projects they have done to promote electric mobility during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22. He will be the representative for Bulgaria. If you want to watch his talk and that of the other speakers, be sure to tune in to the live stream on November 22.

Warm and fresh air with solar energy

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Air is one of the most important components of our health, and it has to be of high quality. Since people spend 70% of their time indoors, indoor climate and fresh air inside are one of the main factors of a building. SolNavitas from Estonia has the solution to provide fresh air indoors, using renewable energy.

They have created a smart ventilation system that offers a better interior climate for the house at no additional cost. This is an autonomous supplemental heating and ventilation unit that operates with a solar exterior. It absorbs solar thermal energy through sheet metal and uses sunlight to produce electricity that powers ventilator fans and the remote control. In sunny weather, the panel absorbs the sun’s thermal radiation and starts to supply heated and filtered outdoor air into the building through a built-in 12 V ventilator fan.

“We can make our customers happy, preserve the environment and change the way the society thinks. We are also raising awareness among people about green energy,” says Margus Kullerkup of SolNavitas.

He will represent SolNavitas and Estonia during the semi-finals of Ideas from Europe in Tallinn on November 22. Watch his pitch and those of the other candidates via our live stream.