Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Maastricht

Event date: November 13, 201720:00u
End date: November 16, 2017

What’s Global Entrepreneurship Week?

GEW is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

Every year, in the third week of November, more than 100 events are organized throughout the Netherlands to celebrate entrepreneurship. The week is opened simultaneously in several different regions throughout the country. Every day one main event will be held to highlight a specific theme.

Thousands of brand new startups spring to life through bootcamps, hundreds of universities strengthen connections that help them commercialize research from their labs, researchers and policymakers engage in discussions around the world to examine the underlying policies necessary to promote entrepreneurial growth, and serial entrepreneurs share their expertise.

In the Netherlands the GEW is organised by the Dutch Centers for Entrepreneurship (DutchCE) .

The local edition in Maastricht is organised by Maastricht Centre for Entrepreneurship and consists of a program of four days.


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, 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.


Under the theme Elevate your game, GEW Maastricht ’17 aims to inspire its participants about their role as change-makers as entrepreneurs.

We gather different backgrounds, nationalities, and multi-disciplinary fields in a programme which inspires participants to draw connections and view entrepreneurship through a fresh lens, finding new ideas and building relationships. Our objective is to challenge and inspire people to unleash their inner creator and innovator to become game-changers on a local and global level.

GEW is more than just an awareness campaign. It is a platform for connection and collaboration—engaging all players along the entrepreneurship spectrum.

Top Speakers

World class speakers will give you insights about a broad range of subjects related to entrepreneurship, human development and innovation.

Startup Market

Meet various innovative startups from Maastricht and Limburg that will showcase their early stage prototypes, products and services during a market-like event.

Innovator’s Challenge

Solve the challenge of a company with an entrepreneurial approach and compete with other teams in order to present the best solution to the challenge.

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