U.S. Consulate General Supports Road to the GES 2019 Caribbean
The U.S. Consulate General Curacao supports the Road to the Global Entrepreneurship
Summit (GES) 2019 Caribbean on Curacao. Most of the events will take place on March 14
and 15 at Villa Maria in Scharloo.
The Road to the GES2019 Caribbean is the prelude to the premier annual gathering of
entrepreneurs, investors, and innovative thinkers that underscores the U.S. commitment to
entrepreneurship and innovation, which will be held June 4-5, 2019 at the World Forum in The
Hague, The Netherlands. The Road to the GES2019 Caribbean is supported by the Dutch,
U.S., and Curaçao governments. More information can be found here:
The Road to GES2019 Caribbean will focus on global opportunities in the following sectors:
Water & Energy, Wellbeing & Health, and Sustainable Tourism. On the agenda are
discussions on Inclusive Finance and the Future of Work.
U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands Pete Hoekstra and U.S. Consul General Margaret
Hawthorne will speak at the event. Ambassador Maureen Cormack, who is a Special Advisor
for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, will also be at the event on March 14 and 15.
The U.S. Department of State founded Boldline, an accelerator for public-private partnerships
(P3s) and a program that supports partnerships that address pressing global challenges and
focuses on giving them tools to scale their missions will actively participate with a team of
experts. The Boldline Accelerator will be presenting to the participants on ways to develop
Furthermore, the U.S. Consulate General invited Cam Houser, MBA, University of Texas, who
is the Founder/Chief Innovation Officer of 3DayStartup (http://3daystartup.org/). The U.S.
Consulate General asked Houser to prepare a pitch training session for high school students
who have an interest to become an entrepreneur. An important part of being an entrepreneur
is pitching or making the case for the product, project or idea they intend to sell. An elevator
pitch is a condensed, easy-to-understand version of a business pitch delivered in the time it
takes to ride an elevator. Entrepreneurs must be prepared to give a pitch at any time, including
during an elevator ride. Houser will work with students from Radulphus College and the
International School of Curacao and he will be a keynote speaker at the Road to the GES2019
U.S. Consulate General Curacao’s Economic and Public Affairs Officer, Christian Olsen, states
“This event will be a great opportunity to highlight innovation and entrepreneurship in the Dutch
Caribbean and to expand the economic ties between the Dutch Caribbean, United States, and