Euronext celebrates Entrepreneurship week with initiatives across Europe

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Amsterdam, Brussels, Lisbon, Paris – November 18th 2013 –Euronext N.V., a wholly owned subsidiary of IntercontinentalExchange Group, Inc. (NYSE: ICE), is pleased to announce that it is celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) through several events held in its European locations. These initiatives, involving entrepreneurs and business leaders, are aimed at sharing ideas and discussing regional and international issues surrounding entrepreneurship.

Isabel Ucha, Director of Corporate Responsibility for Euronext said: “Entrepreneurship is a key driver of our economy. Wealth and a high majority of jobs are created by small businesses started by entrepreneurially minded individuals, many of whom go on to create big businesses. Euronext has embraced this campaign looking to support the economic engine of high-growth startups in their own countries and communities.” She added: “We believe that if we want to enable Europe to grow again on a sustainable path we need to strengthen the ‘start up culture’, the culture of innovation and of taking risks. As a leading financial center for capital raising we can provide growing companies with financing solutions that may be decisive in materializing their full potential.”

The kick off of GEW will happen in Euronext Brussels on 18th November with an Opening Bell hosted by the Pulse Foundation, a private foundation which supports and stimulates entrepreneurship in Belgium, and TiE Brussels an organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and education.

On, 19th  November, Euronext Paris will host a Closing Bell ceremony and a conference with EnterNext’s team, our subsidiary whose role is to facilitate access to capital markets for SMEs, helping them generate the funds they need to grow at regional, national and pan-European level. The conference will  be centered around taking risk and innovation, from the initial idea to the creation of the business. The event will also bring together speakers from Entreprendre Pour Apprendre, Fondation Entreprise, France Angels, Genopole and HEC business school.

On 22 November, Euronext Amsterdam celebrates the Global Entrepreneurship Week together with  ‘Get in the Ring’ finalists that will sound the opening gong. Get in the Ring is a competition, initiated by the Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship, for the most promising entrepreneurs from around the world.

Euronext Lisbonwill close these celebrations with a Closing Bell and a conference to present the developments of the Entrepreneurial Network, an initiative that has been supported by the Lisbon municipality, as well as the first survey on the “Entrepreneurial Ecosystem of Lisbon”. Luís Laginha de Sousa, CEO of  Euronext Lisbon, representatives from the City Hall as well as the author of the study will be leading a discussion on how to strengthen the start up community. Three young entrepreneurs will also be invited to talk about their projects.

Now in its seventh year, Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is currently celebrated in 140 countries and thousands of cities around the world.

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About Euronext 
Euronext is the leading pan-European market infrastructure, connecting European economies to global capital markets, to accelerate innovation and sustainable growth. It operates regulated exchanges in Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Portugal. With close to 2,000 listed issuers and around €5.8 trillion in market capitalisation as of end June 2022, it has an unmatched blue-chip franchise and a strong diverse domestic and international client base. Euronext operates regulated and transparent equity and derivatives markets, one of Europe’s leading electronic fixed income trading markets and is the largest centre for debt and funds listings in the world. Its total product offering includes Equities, FX, Exchange Traded Funds, Warrants & Certificates, Bonds, Derivatives, Commodities and Indices. The Group provides a multi-asset clearing house through Euronext Clearing, and custody and settlement services through Euronext Securities central securities depositories in Denmark, Italy, Norway and Portugal. Euronext also leverages its expertise in running markets by providing technology and managed services to third parties. In addition to its main regulated market, it also operates a number of junior markets, simplifying access to listing for SMEs.  
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