A high-level delegation from the Government of India
and the United States met today, at NITI Aayog to plan the 2017 Global
entrepreneurship Summit, which will be held November 28-30 at the
Hyderabad International Convention Centre in Hyderabad, India.

The Summit will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and
Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, who leads the U.S.
delegation. 

The GES is the preeminent annual gathering of emerging Entrepreneurs,
investors, and business leaders from around the world.  Through
networking, mentoring, and workshops, the GES empowers entrepreneurs to pitch
their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, and create innovative goods
and services that will transform societies.  This year, the focus will be
on women entrepreneurs and the tremendous potential women bring to
Entrepreneurship.

GES 2017 will create an environment that empowers innovators, particularly
women, to take their ideas to the next level. Women represent tremendous
promise for economic growth and prosperity — but in both developing and
Developed Countries, also face tremendous barriers to building businesses. This
year’s theme is “Women First, Prosperity for All” to celebrate
the entrepreneurial spirit in all its strengths and diversity. 

GES 2017 will be attended by over 1600 delegates, including entrepreneurs
and investors, CEOs of major knowledge-based industries, representing the full
measure of entrepreneurial talent from diverse backgrounds across the world.
The participants will be truly global, representing 160 countries, with
representation from every region of the world. Entrepreneurs will represent a
diverse range of geographies, industries, business size and scalability.
Investors and representatives from organizations that support entrepreneurs
will be hand-picked to catalyze Investment, networking and mentoring. There
will be special eMphasis on empowering young and women entrepreneurs and the
role they play in making communities more prosperous and secure through
enterprise. 

NITI Aayog is taking the lead in organising this Summit for the Government
of India. Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog stated that this is a unique opportunity
for Indian Startups and Innovators to interact and network with the finest
entrepreneurs of the world. He acknowledged the support of Government of
Telangana in hosting the Summit at Hyderabad, and said “India, the oldest
civilization, welcomes civilizations from across the world to GES 2017. We need
to harness Technology to solve some of the most pressing problems in Healthcare
delivery, education, energy, safe drinking water and agriculture, among others
for the benefit of communities at large. Innovation and entrepreneurship will
play a decisive role towards this end. I am sure this will be a unique
opportunity for entrepreneurs to interact with the Best.”

Jennifer Arangio, Senior Director at the National Security Council, The
White House, said “The United States is proud to partner with India for
this year’s GES. Uniting under the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, the
Summit will highlight the Trump Administration’s commitment to the principle
that when women are economically empowered, communities and countries thrive.
Hosting GES in India is a signature of the broad and enduring partnership
between our two countries. We thank our co-host, the Government of India, for
their support, energy and hospitality, and look forward to a high-impact Summit
that brings together ground-breaking U.S. entrepreneurs and investors with
their counterparts from around the world.”

Innovations developed by entrepreneurs have transformed the world’s
economies by creating jobs, increasing productivity, and improving the quality
of life for people everywhere. The summit will primarily focus on four
thematic Sectors: Energy & Infrastructure, Healthcare & Life Sciences,
Financial Technology & Digital Economy, and Media & Entertainment
Sectors.

The GES 2017 agenda consists of breakout sessions, master classes, and
workshops.  Three networking sessions are planned in the schedule to
enhance opportunities to interact with other GES 2017 participants. The
summit will have Breakout Sessions where
panelists will discuss key themes, innovative industries, and other aspects of
entrepreneurship that are being highlighted in GES 2017.  Master
Classes
are immersive, and typically focus in depth on a certain
topic.  Workshops invite more hands-on, interactive
conversations on a chosen topic between the panelists and the Audience.  

NITI Aayog and the U.S. Embassy are planning a series of ‘Road to GES’
events in collaboration with different agencies to generate enthusiasm and
attract the attention of different stakeholders.

As part of the summit, there will be a virtual exhibition of India’s
innovative prowess in collaboration with the Department of Industrial Policy
and Promotion. It is also proposed to showcase India’s heritage, social
entrepreneurship and craftsmanship in collaboration with the Ministry of Rural
Development and Ministry of Culture.

For more information, visit www.ges2017.gov.in and www.ges2017.org

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