The Hague: A global innovation and events hub

Driving innovation is a key theme for many business events and conferences, and brands looking for a destination with an open-minded and entrepreneurial spirit to amplify that message should head to The Hague.

As a global hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, The Hague holds tremendous expertise in key industries such as renewable energy, peace and justice, legal and finance, cyber security, IT and Tech that event organisers can tap into. The Hague Convention Bureau (THCB) can connect you to the many innovative minds in the city to maximise the legacy and impact of your event here, no matter the scale and scope.

The city’s ethos is "Doing Good and Doing Business", reflecting The Hague’s status as the International City of Peace and Justice. Home to more than 200 international organisations, knowledge institutions, start-ups and NGO’s all working towards building a better, safer and more just world every day, The Hague also provides a highly favourable climate for young businesses. This has resulted in a constant influx of dynamic impact entrepreneurs.

Initiatives include Start-up Tuesday The Hague – a series of events for founders to network and explore innovative solutions to shared challenges – created by a collective of local innovation hubs such as ImpactCity, World Start-up Factory, The Hague Tech, Apollo 14, YES!Delft and The Hague Humanity Hub. Meanwhile, YES! Delft, one of the leading start-up incubators in the world, recently opened its new branch in The Hague to focus on innovations surrounding Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain technology.

So, it’s little surprise that the city was chosen to host this year’s annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), the event highlight for the global start-up scene, on 4-5 June. Held in the European Union for the very first time in its history, the 9th edition in The Hague welcomed more than 1,200 hand selected entrepreneurs and 400 investors from over 170 nationalities along with top policy makers and guests including U.S. Secretary of State, Michael R. Pompeo, Ivanka Trump, Queen Maxima, Mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, and Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rütte.

This year’s GES evolved around the theme "The Future Now" and focused on entrepreneur-led innovation in scalable tech, from artificial intelligence and robotics to blockchain, big data and new science in Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health and Water.

The Hague’s stature and gravitas has always made it a focal point for key discussions, decisions and actions. Since the UN hosted the first peace conference in The Hague in 1899, the city has developed an excellent event infrastructure which offers customised solutions for association and corporate events.

The Hague is in a unique position to help organise an inspiring event that truly makes an impact on the success of your company. So why not come and experience what the innovative and exciting city has to offer first-hand? Let them show you around from 5 till 7 July and learn how people in The Hague Catch The Wave.

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