In Maastricht, two events at the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship will take part.. On the 19 November, the Local Hero Award will reward €10,000 to the most promising and innovative business plan. On 20 November, the GEW Maastricht will welcome 200 participants to its annual conference on entrepreneurship, which takes place in the Sint Jan Church.
With this year’s theme “The Future Is Built Today,” GEW Maastricht is bringing world-class speakers and entrepreneurs to inspire and share insights about what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. The talks will range from founder stories to entrepreneurial research to new technologies.
Speakers include Ali Amin, founder of UBI Index, which is constructing an index of university incubators around the world. He will hold an interactive session by engaging his global community via Livestream to discuss the future of business development and incubation.
Richard Habets will hold the opening keynote speech focused on personal development and growth, and young entrepreneurs, such as Midas Kwant, David Urbansky and Francisca Kapar, will discuss new technologies such as Semantic Search Engines and Smart City development.
Students, young graduates, entrepreneurs and professionals are all invited to join the day. “This region is undergoing an exciting change toward a more entrepreneurial culture, says Ana Mihail, Chief Inspiration Officer at the Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship. “And such events are great opportunities to celebrate our achievements and allow participants to connect with each other and grow.” For more information about the event, check out the GEW Maastricht website.
Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.
During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators.
These activities, which range from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.
GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum in strengthening ecosystems around the world.
About Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship, Maastricht University
The Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship (MC4E) at Maastricht University inspires, educates and incubates tomorrow’s leading entrepreneurs. The centre serves students throughout the university by providing opportunities to learn, by providing start-up support and by helping young ventures to grow. We offer entrepreneurship education across the university to students at bachelor, master and post-graduate level. We provide inspirational events that allow students to network with international entrepreneurs. We help students to prepare and launch high impact ventures.
Local Hero Award
The Local Hero Award will be given as part of GEW Maastricht. A UM student has the opportunity to receive €10,000 toward achieving their entrepreneurial dream. Read success tips from the Local Hero Award keynote speaker, Tijmen Vos, SBE alumnus and COO at Panasonic Cloud Management Services.