11 September 2018
The Hague & Partners puts local entrepreneurs in the spotlight
The Hague’s economy is growing, partly due to the efforts of the nine entrepreneurs who were nominated for the second edition of The Hague Awards. The three awards were presented yesterday by Deputy Mayor Richard de Mos. This annual event was created by The Hague & Partners to highlight and reward projects and initiatives that contribute to the city’s economy and business activities. Samasource won The Newcomer Award, De Pier received The Success Award and The Personality Award went to Danny Frietman.
Founded by social entrepreneur Leila Janah, Samasource started out in Silicon Valley and opened its European head office in The Hague last year. The company’s mission is to help reduce global poverty via the online platform SamaHub, which assists low-income people in developing countries in transforming their lives by connecting them to dignified work. The Hague was a logical choice for Samasource, a city where tens of thousands of people are striving to build a better world.
In 2015, De Pier opened its doors to the public again and has since been converted into a genuine food boulevard, offering a quality range of street food, restaurants, bars, outdoor cafés, shops and even a Ferris wheel and luxurious suites. De Pier also affords numerous opportunities for hosting large events. The success of the renewed De Pier helps boost The Hague’s image as the only Dutch ‘city by the sea’.
Danny Frietman was born and raised in The Hague and is the co-founder of Enterprise Summit. A true connector dedicated to knowledge sharing, Danny coordinates the Dutch delegations at leading international tech festivals, such as South by Southwest, Mobile World Congress and Web Summit.
Quotes from the jury
Samasource: “Samasource is truly innovative and distinctive. The company fits with The Hague’s ambition to not only be recognised as an IT hub but also as a city where people from across the globe are working towards a better and more just world.”
De Pier: “De Pier is a true icon of The Hague, the city by the sea. The site has undergone a tremendous transformation and is now a successful attraction with international appeal. It’s a place where local entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to shine and where everyone likes to go.”
Danny Frietman: “Danny is a key example of a highly driven entrepreneur who fights for his city from his entrepreneurial heart. He puts The Hague on the radar, both nationally and internationally, with a range of inspiring projects and events.”
After an expert jury selected the three best initiatives and projects from all the entries, the public were invited to vote for the nominees in an online poll. The public’s votes and the final decision of the jury determined the three winners. Leila Prnjavorac (elected The Hague ‘citizen of the year’ in 2017) hosted the awards ceremony, which was held at the Zuiderstrandtheater, the ideal venue for a themed evening of ‘Innovation by the Sea’. Richard de Mos, deputy mayor for Economic Affairs, Sport and Public Space, presented the three awards.
Technological innovations in The Hague
A special programme complemented the awards event. This programme coincided with the current ‘Seaside Celebrations’ theme year, which commemorates the 200th anniversary of The Hague’s beach resort Scheveningen. Five invited speakers discussed some of the many technological innovations taking place both on land and at sea in The Hague region, which are contributing to making the world a better place.
Elemental Water Makers informed the audience about how it has succeeded in converting salt water to fresh drinking water. Noordzeeboerderij talked about its role in cultivating sustainable seaweed, an initiative that promises a bright future for the blue-green sector. A future based on locally established initiatives that are sustainable and healthy and which provide fresh impetus to the Dutch economy.
Regarding the sailing and maritime sector, the Sailing Innovation Centre discussed positive innovations which promote interest in sailing and ultimately contribute to economic growth. DeltaSync/BLUE21 offered their vision on building on water as a solution to increasing pressures in densely populated delta regions. And TNO Maritime & Offshore shared its work on various maritime and offshore innovations, including underwater Wi-Fi.
The Hague & Partners is an umbrella organisation under which The Hague Marketing Bureau, The Hague Convention Bureau and The Hague Business Agency co-operate to raise the city’s profile. It aims to help The Hague attract and retain more national and international visitors, conferences, businesses and organisations through marketing and acquisition. To celebrate this successful collaboration and put innovative projects and initiatives from companies and organisations based in The Hague in the spotlight, the three parties jointly host the annual The Hague Awards.