During Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 in The Netherlands, cities from across the country including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and Maastricht, held more than 100 activities from 14,000 participants – making this GEW one of the largest ever for The Netherlands.
The celebrations included five featured events, 14 regional openings, with the support of numerous GEW partner organizations nationwide. GEW is powered in The Netherlands by host organization Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship (DutchCE). DutchCE is the network of the Centers for Entrepreneurship in the Netherland, which aims to stimulate an entrepreneurial society.
The social media campaign was a large success – reaching more than 1.5 million people with more than 3,000 tweets and retweets with the hashtag #GEWNL and through the #GEW2016 Facebook campaign. The national GEW campaign was also supported by ads in the national newspapers as well as via radio, with a six-week radio campaign for the How To Get There Summit and Get In The Ring – which were both GEW Global featured events.
Key highlights from GEW Netherlands included 600 speed dates between corporates and startups that took place over the course of one day, as well as 50 key researchers and policymakers coming together to design the national entrepreneurship strategy agenda. The most promising startups were recognized through pitching competitions, including winners SPARCIO, Rementis, Backseat Buddy, FreshStrips, Flex-Appeal and Mellon Medical. GEW Netherlands also included a Make-a-Thon, organized in parallel with Amsterdam and Tblisi in Georgia.
GEW Netherlands 2016 included five featured events, Entrepreneurial Research Day on Nov. 16, Get In The Ring Netherlands on Nov. 17, the How to Get There Summit on Nov. 17, the Festival of Entrepreneurial Learning on Nov. 18, and Dag Van De Ondernemer, or Day of the Entrepreneur, on Nov. 18.
Representatives of Dutch Universities participated in Entrepreneurial Research Day. Key highlights from the event included presentations by Erik Stam on the “State of Entrepreneurship NL 2016” and by StartupDelta on the “Vision on Entrepreneurship Education.”
GITR Netherlands took place with the participation of more than 1,500 visitors including 350 startups, 60 corporates and more than 100 investors. Investors who attended the GITR event listened to 80 pitches, resulting in three winners – FreshStrips, Flex-Appeal and Mellon Medical – chosen by jury members Heleen Dura - Van Oord, Han de Groot, and Steven Schuurman. Three prominent Dutch corporates ASML, KPN and APM Terminals, announced that they will be challenging startups worldwide in a competition. The most relevant startups will secure a pilot contract to implement their solutions, with the goal of scaling up in the future.
The How To Get There Summit was one of the most popular events of GEW Netherlands with the participation of 3,000 attendees, ranging from corporation representatives to entrepreneurs, students, professors, policymakers and innovation professionals. Prince Constantijn of the Netherlands opened the event as well as 99 speakers representing a significant chunk of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of the Netherlands.
Scale-up Dashboard 2016 and COSTA meet-up brought together top CEO’s and innovation leaders. Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship was the lead organizer of the event with 82 partners, hosted by the Hague University of Applied Sciences.
The Festival of Entrepreneurial Learning took place with the participation of 250 students, entrepreneurs, professors and education professionals with the aim of aligning ambitions for entrepreneurship education. The event featured 21 sessions at Entrepreneurial Learning Experience as well as a Prototype party.
Dag van de Ondernemer, a day to celebrate entrepreneurship, took place across 97 different locations in the Netherlands with the participation of entrepreneurs, municipalities, politicians and support organizations.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte, State Secretary Sander Dekker, President of De Nederlandsche Bank Klaas Knot, and many others made company visits as part of the day’s activities. The initiative was led The Royal Association MKB-Nederland, which is the largest entrepreneurs’ organization in the Netherlands, promoting the interests of more than 150,000 entrepreneurs.
Edited and compiled by Buke Cuhadar.