DutchCE Organizes European Meetup Global Entrepreneurship Network

Last month, Global Entrepreneurship Week hosts from 10 European countries gathered to expand their collaboration throughout the continent. The sixth annual GEW Europe Meeting was organized by Hein Roelfsema from the Utrecht Center for Entrepreneurship, a GEW Netherlands co-host, and Freddy Nurski from n2euro, our GEW Belgium host.

The program involved meetings, seminars, pitches, networking sessions and workshops in four cities across two countries.

The Meetup started on May 27 at the European Commission. Andre Meyer and Katarzyna Baluckafrom the European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry led a discussion around their programs and how they can be aligned with Global Entrepreneurship Network efforts in Europe.

The following day, the meetup continued on the Pitch Bus, where GEW hosts shared five minute pitches on their upcoming GEW 2015 campaigns. The European hosts then arrived in Brussels-Genk, where they visited local incubators and had a lunch meeting with Mayor Wim Dries of Genk, one of the the most entrepreneurial towns in Europe.The GEW hosts also had the opportunity for further discussions regarding Europe’s entrepreneurial cities approach.

The next stop for meetup attendees was Maastricht, where the hosts met Wim Naude, dean of the Maastricht School of Management and an eminent scholar in entrepreneurship. Naude led a private lecture for the GEW hosts on the differences between nascent and advanced entrepreneurial ecosystems based on his extensive research on this topic.

GEW hosts continued to pitch their ideas for collaboration on the Pitch Bus before arriving in Rotterdam on May 29, where they were hosted by the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship, GEW Netherlands co-host organization. After visiting various incubators in Rotterdam, GEW hosts met with Netherlands’ Startup Delta representatives, a national startup movement led by former Commissioner Neelie Kroes. The day concluded with a presentation and feedback session by Get in the Ring (GITR) representatives. A startup pitch competition active in over 70 countries worldwide, GITR is a global pick of Global Entrepreneurship Week.