Let’s make Poland visible at GES2016

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The 7th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) will be held in Silicon Valley on June 22-24th, 2016. This is also a great opportunity for Polish startups.

Organizing the 2016 edition of GES in Silicon Valley highlights the important role that entrepreneurship plays in the U.S. economy and also provides a unique platform to connect global entrepreneurs with prominent investors and mentors. GES 2016 will showcase the USG’s commitment to the promotion of entrepreneurship, shine a spotlight on entrepreneurs from around the globe, expand access to funders and mentors, facilitate private sector engagement with other regions of the world, and support economic growth and development. The agenda will include a diverse array of panels, plenaries, workshops, conversations, and myriad opportunities for mentoring and networking. Three types of delegates will participate in the GES: Entrepreneurs (550 slots); a select group of Entrepreneurs chosen to participate in an additional Youth and Women event on June 22 (150 slots); and Investors (300 slots).

For most of the delegates, the GES is a 2-day Summit on June 23-24 with a pre-Summit Reception for all delegates on the evening of June 22nd. In addition to the pre-Summit Reception, the first day (June 22) of the three-day event will include a special Youth and Women program focused on emerging youth and women entrepreneurs selected from the larger entrepreneur pool. Investors will be invited to attend the Youth and Women program on June 22 as well. The second and third day of the Summit will consist of interactive sessions, keynotes, and opportunities for investors and all entrepreneurs to share ideas and connect.

FUNDING: GES will be funded from both public and private sector resources. Four nights of lodging costs will be paid for all 700 entrepreneurs invited to participate in GES. Travel costs and lodging will be provided for the 150 entrepreneurs from within the 700 who are selected for the first day’s Youth and Women program. Additional travel funding is not guaranteed.

SELECTION PROCESS: All delegates must apply via the online application. The online application for GES 2016 Entrepreneur participants at www.GES2016.org will close on February 18. The application is designed to encourage potential participants to articulate their enterprise’s unique contributions, challenges, and opportunities. It also will prepare them to engage actively with investors and other entrepreneurs (e.g. by requesting a pitch slide deck.) Applicants may save and return to the application at a later date to complete, but it must be submitted by the February 15 deadline. All entrepreneur delegates, including for the Youth and Women event, will be selected from the same applicant pool.

Entrepreneur applications will undergo a multi-step review process. As part of that process, posts will have the opportunity to review and comment on proposed delegates. The Department will make final selections after consultations with posts and private sector partners. Posts will receive a copy of the final delegate list. Selected participants will then receive a formal invitation and can begin to organize necessary visas and make travel arrangements.

Ambasadorzy Startup Poland Chris Moose Chris Wacławek Chris KwaczMałgorzata Jasnoch Tomasz Kudła Paulina Skrzypińska Monika Bogdanowicz Monika Synoradzka Bartosz Józefowski Bartosz StarygaBolesław Drapella Darek Żuk Emilia M. Ostapowicz Filip Dębowski Greg Pietruszynski Krzysztof Hostyński Izabela Disterheft Jakub Kozioł Anita Kijanka Kuba Lipiński Artur Kurasiński Blazej Marciniak Agnieszka MellerNowak Mateusz Ahmad Piraiee Dawid Pacha Michał Rokosz Radek Tadajewski Anna Walkowska Kasia Wierzbowska Jan Zając

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