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1,500 ENTREPRENEURS/INVESTORS FROM 150 COUNTRIES FOR GES 2017 IN HYDERABAD

November 19, 2017 11:29 AM

INDIANAPOLIS/HYDERABAD (BALBIR SINGH)

The eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will be organized in Hyderabad, capital of Telangana state (India), from November 28 to 30. It was announced by co-hosts United States of America and the Republic of India. The Summit will highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All, and will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.

Advisor to the US President Ivanka Trump will lead the United States delegation to Hyderabad. About 1,500 individuals have been selected to participate in the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. In partnership with the USA Government, NITI Aayog of India will host the eighth edition of the Summit which will be addressed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

GES is the preeminent annual entrepreneurship gathering that convenes emerging entrepreneurs, investors and supporters from around the world. GES 2017 will create an environment that empowers innovators, particularly women, to take their ideas to the next level. Through two and a half days of networking, mentoring, and workshops, GES empowers entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, innovate, and find their target customers -- creating new goods and services that will transform societies.

Participants at this year’s GES represent four key industry sectors: Energy and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Life Sciences, Financial Technology and Digital Economy, and Media and Entertainment. Approximately one third of the entrepreneurs are from the United States, one third are from India, and one third are from other countries around the globe. The 1500 participants include nearly 300 investors and ecosystem supporters who will catalyze investment and networking at the Summit. Here are a few key facts on this impressive, diverse group, according to press release issued today. Women will represent 52.5 percent of entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters at GES 2017. This is the first time that women have been the majority of participants at a GES.

Women from 127 countries are participating. 10+ countries will be represented by an all-female delegation, including Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. Overall, participants hail from 150 countries and territories across the world. The American entrepreneurs, investors, and ecosystem supporters come from 38 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

Indian entrepreneurs from the length and breadth of the country will join GES and connect with entrepreneurs and investors from around the world. 31.5 percent of entrepreneurs at GES are 30 years old or younger.

The youngest entrepreneur is 13 and the oldest entrepreneur is 84. For seven years, the GES has connected top entrepreneurship talent with investors and startup ecosystems across the globe to innovate the world’s most exciting solutions. Since the inception of GES in 2010, it has traveled across the world from Washington D.C. to Istanbul, Dubai, Marrakech, Nairobi, Kuala Lumpur, Silicon Valley, and now finally Hyderabad! This year is the first time GES will be hosted in South Asia, and the event will highlight India’s enabling environment for innovation and entrepreneurship – including actions by the government to increase the ease of doing business, eliminating unnecessary regulations, and supporting startups, according to Niti

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