The 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), June 4-5, in The Hague, the Netherlands will invite the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs innovating in Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water. GES 2019 offers an unparalleled stage for scale-ups and a chance to showcase their enterprises before a selected group of top investors, founders, funders, experts and policymakers.
Why GES 2019?
Insight: GES 2019 is a high-energy, big-idea event fuelled by a one-of-a-kind mix of next-generation disrupters, visionaries and innovative policy leaders.
Impact: GES 2019 creates an action-driven atmosphere aimed at breaking down barriers for entrepreneurs and closing deals that matter to everyone.
Co-design: GES 2019 facilitates sharing and creating strategies for success with a global peer network, and access to business leaders and government influencers.
Connecting: GES 2019 supports the building of meaningful, lasting partnerships with investors and decision makers.
Pitching: GES 2019 curates one-on-one match making, pitch competitions, interactive stages, and unique networking opportunities that get good ideas in front of the right people..
The governments of the Netherlands and the United States will co-host the ninth Global Entrepreneurship Summit in The Hague on June 4-5, 2019, to drive global innovation and celebrate the free-market economy that supports jobs, growth, and transformative solutions to global challenges.
The Netherlands is glad to host the 9th edition of this Summit. Building on strong transatlantic relationships and common values, GES promotes economic growth, fair trade, and encourages investment in entrepreneurial activity that creates prosperity, jobs, and matters to everyone.
BioBusiness Summerschool: Jumpstart your business career in Life Sciences
24-28 June, Amsterdam
Are you a PhD student, a postdoc or a Master student and are you interested to pursue your career in one of the many Life Sciences companies? Do you want to know more about the business field and your career opportunities? Then the BioBusiness Summer School might appeal to you!
The BioBusiness Summer School consists of a unique five day interactive programme that covers a wide spectrum of business aspects of Life Sciences, combined with a line-up of world-class speakers. It covers subjects such as intellectual property, finance, and business development, all tailored to the specific characters of the sector. The BioBusiness Summer School is consistently high graded by the participants. Last year’s participants judged the Summer School with an overall score of 8.2.
This year the eleventh edition of the BioBusiness Summer School will be organised from 24-28f June 2019 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Join the BioBusiness Summer School and find out what the fascinating world of BioBusiness has to offer.
Register soon as places are limited. Until 2 April 2019 the attractive early-bird fee applies, the application deadline is 3 June 2019. Find more information on the website.
Dutch Biotech Event
Join Dutch biotech entrepreneurs at the Dutch Biotech Event
Whether you are working at a biotech startup, scale-up, runner-up or an established multinational, you do not want to miss out on the Dutch Biotech Event, organised by HollandBIO, the Dutch biotech industry association.
Be inspired by biotech’s bright innovation perspective and learn from leading biotech entrepreneurs. Meet experts to fuel your company’s performance, and upgrade your personal and professional skills during one of our hands-on workshops.
What top innovations are there in the Netherlands that are solving problems around the globe and contributing to our economy? How do we keep the health care of the future affordable, how can we deal with digitisation in a smart way or how can we make manufacturing sustainable and energy-efficient? To answer these questions, the government will embark on its third quest for pioneering innovations that will enable the Netherlands to change the world. At the Innovation Expo in Rotterdam, Mona Keijzer (State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Climate Policy) kicked off the new National Icons contest today. The government will announce the winners in September 2019.
According to State Secretary Keijzer, 'The Netherlands is well known at home and abroad for its abundance of creative entrepreneurs. They are engaged in developing innovative products and services that solve day-to-day problems. This continuous work on new innovations is the foundation for our growing economy. For this reason, we’re today announcing our quest to find new National Icons among 230 leading Dutch entrepreneurs and researchers. Innovations help us to solve social challenges, while entrepreneurs ensure that we remain in the European vanguard when it comes to innovation. That’s something I am proud of!'
National Icons to be announced in September 2019
The winners of the 2016 National Icons contest were Blue Energy (energy from water), Growboxx (planting in dry regions) and Lighthouse (medical isotopes). The contest was organised for the first time in 2014. Back then, four innovations were announced in the Ridderzaal as winners: cultivated stem cells, Quantum Technologies, Hybrid potatoes and the Bioneedle.
As was the case last year, the panel of judges that will put the National Icons forward to the government are chaired by Hans Wijers, with the panel’s nominations to be announced in September 2019. For further information on the current National Icons and application to the new contest, please visit the website of National Icons.
Innovation Expo: attention to education and financing
Keijzer visited a variety of exhibitors at the Innovation Expo. She was also presented with the Energy Top Sector’s agenda for secondary and higher vocational education. This agenda sets out the route towards ensuring that there are enough well-educated, well-trained staff to enable the energy transition.
Furthermore, Keijzer attended the launch of the Stichting MKB Financiering. This foundation will entail a collaboration between 10 parties on fostering alternative financing for SMEs, by assisting with the issue of shares and bonds or encouraging the use of crowdfunding, for example. Over 20% of all entrepreneurs now seek out financing options in addition to a bank loan. This initiative dovetails with State Secretary Keijzer’s SME action plan, which seeks to encourage entrepreneurship by means of such measures as creating a variety of financing options.
Get inspired by Hans Clevers in the video below, who was a National Icon in 2014:
Congresstival for the key players in the Life Sciences & Health sector with a global view
26 September, RDM Submarine Wharf, Rotterdam
Get ready for World of Health Care (WoHC) 2019! On 26 September 2019, the fourth edition of the successful congresstival of the Task Force Health Care will be held.
The WoHC is one of the largest and most inspiring “congresstivals” in the Netherlands. It facilitates an international cross-sectoral meet & greet and dialogue between decision-makers in national, regional and local health, NGOs, knowledge institutes, health providers, and industry. Over 600 visitors from more than thirteen countries join the event to learn about global and local health trends, challenges and smart solutions in an interactive manner. As a visitor, you can expect a day full of networking, excellent keynotes, interactive sessions, innovative showcases, private work spots and even delicious food trucks!
Be inspired by the WoHC from 2018 or visit the website for the latest updates for 2019.
11-13 November, Hamburg, Germany
BIO-Europe will go to Hamburg, Germany, 11-13 November, 2019. This "must-attend" event is Europe's largest life science partnering conference. BIO-Europe's world-class workshops, panels and active exhibition along with thousands of prescheduled one-to-one meetings make this event an unrivalled forum for companies across the biotech value chain to meet and do business.
BIO-Europe offers powerful opportunities for you to network with the right partners. The conference brings together hundreds of the world’s most innovative leaders across biotech, finance and pharma for high-level networking, pre-scheduled partnering meetings, strategic panel discussions and more.
Read the BIO-Europe 2018 highlight below or visit the BIO-Europe website here.
Medica 2019: Where healthcare is going!
18- 21 November, Düsseldorf, Germany
Medica is the world’s largest event for the medical sector. For more than 40 years it has been firmly established on every expert’s calendar. Each year, leading individuals from the fields of business, research, and politics grace this top-class event with their presence — naturally alongside tens of thousands of national and international experts and decision-makers from the sector. An extensive exhibition and an ambitious programme — which together present the entire spectrum of innovations for outpatient and clinical care — awaits in Düsseldorf.
Digital health and medical technology come together
The planning stage for MEDICA 2019 in Düsseldorf has well and truly kicked off, and exhibitor registrations are flooding in. Based on current industry trends and a lot of personal chats with exhibitors, this internationally leading medical trade fair will have a completely new look at its next edition (18 - 21 November 2019), with a new structural layout for arranging the themes over the halls. The MEDICA segment for information and communication technology will be shifted from Hall 15 to Hall 13 so that it has a direct connection to the halls for medical technology and electromedicine (Halls 9 to 14).
Logical changes due to the progress of the industry
Wolfram Diener, CEO of Messe Düsseldorf, sees this as a logical outcome due to the progress seen in the market and the industry’s needs: 'Digitalisation in medicine is forging ahead at great speed and is equally bringing about huge changes in both product development and business processes. We are focusing less on healthcare IT as an isolated discipline and are gravitating more towards digital health, specifically as part of the overarching digital transformation. This concerns all product and sales areas, particularly the convergence of software and hardware in medical technology and electromedicine, from app-controlled wearables to units for mobile and stationary imagery to robotic systems for surgery and information systems at patients’ bedsides.'
For more information and registration visit the website here.
Dutch Life Sciences Conference
15th edition of Dutch Life Sciences Conference
The Netherlands is home to 2,900 innovative Life Sciences businesses, including 420 biopharmaceutical companies, and the European Medicines Agency, making it one of the most concentrated Life Sciences and Health clusters in the world. About 770 clinical trials are currently active in the Netherlands, and the country boasts a competitive international business climate which is reflected by its status as the sixth-largest EU economy and its position as a major global exporter and importer of goods. Combined with the Netherlands’ very strong scientific background this makes Dutch industry a major European player with considerable economic and societal impact. The Dutch Life Sciences Conference is hosted by organisations and companies whose mission is to help realise the further development and growth of the Dutch life sciences industry.
The 15th edition of the Dutch Life Sciences conference will take place at the Leiden Bio Science Park on 28 November 2019. The conference inspires and promotes an open exchange of information including trends and developments in the industry.
The programme consists of plenary sessions and parallel sessions, an investors forum, active networking possibilities and an information market. In addition, the winner of the Venture Challenge Fall 2019 will be announced.