Stanford readies to host 1,500 visitors for Global Entrepreneurship Summit

More than 700 entrepreneurs and 300 investors have been selected to participate in the event

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Stanford is all geared up to receive 1,500 people from around the world who are converging to attend the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit being held from June 22-24.

The events will include a Friday morning address by President Barack Obama in Memorial Auditorium. According to a statement by the university, the visitors include entrepreneurs, investors, panelists/presenters, US government officials and journalists.

In addition to Memorial Auditorium, events will be held at the Knight Management Center, Encina Hall, Burnham Pavilion, the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center and the Gunn-SIEPR Building. The media center for the more than 400 registered members of the press attending the summit will be located in the Arrillaga Center for Sports and Recreation.

Commuters have been informed about traffic routes and are being advised alternatives to driving alone. They are being encouraged to avoid affected areas and to anticipate heavy parking demand, potential traffic delays and bike, pedestrian and vehicle detours in the area.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit is focused on putting innovative global entrepreneurs together with those who can help transform dreams into reality. The United States selected more than 700 entrepreneurs and more than 300 investors to participate in summit. The entrepreneurs represent 170 countries and territories.

The first day of the summit will be devoted to emerging youth and women entrepreneurs, in a smaller event known as GES+.
Stanford Professor Michael McFaul said the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford and the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies at the Graduate School of Business “welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the White House on this important summit as a way to highlight Stanford’s central role in encouraging entrepreneurship both in the Silicon Valley and around the world.”

McFaul, the director of FSI and a professor of political science at Stanford, served as a White House official during the first three years of the Obama Administration, the statement said.

Participants include entrepreneurs that are harnessing technology to solve some of the world’s most intractable problems, innovators who are driving solutions for target populations such as adolescent girls and refugee communities, and others who are creating new markets and expanding industries such as manufacturing, services, and energy in their countries.

The summit will include a wide range of workshops, panels, ignite talks, pitch competitions, mentoring, and networking sessions aimed to give participants tailored opportunities to gain skills and develop relationships that will help their ventures grow. Within the summit there will also be demonstration areas, experiential learning exhibitions and opportunities to connect with industry experts.

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