The Netherlands Embassy and Consulates, United States

PM's Silicon Valley Visit Will Focus on US-Dutch Innovative Collaboration

(Washington, D.C) -- Prime Minister Mark Rutte will visit Silicon Valley January 31 to February 2. He will be accompanied by Neelie Kroes, the Netherlands’ Special Envoy for Startups. The visit will focus on the innovative collaboration between the Netherlands and Silicon Valley.

The Netherlands and the US are both at the forefront of innovation. With large technology companies, startups, and leading universities, Silicon Valley is one of the most innovative regions in the world.

"The Netherlands and Silicon Valley are more interconnected than ever. Many Silicon Valley companies have offices in the Netherlands. Conversely, more and more Dutch companies are active in Silicon Valley,” said Prime Minister Rutte.

Program of Prime Minister Rutte’s visit:

Sunday, January 31

The visit starts with a meeting between Prime Minister Rutte and California Governor Jerry Brown. Following the meeting with Governor Brown, the Prime Minister and Ms. Kroes will meet Dutch entrepreneurs who are active in and around Silicon Valley.

Photo-op at 4 p.m. with Prime Minister Rutte and Governor Brown at the San Francisco Consulate General office, 120 Kearney Street, Suite 3100.

Monday, February 1

Prime Minister Rutte and Neelie Kroes head to Silicon Valley to meet with Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. They will also tour the Facebook campus.  The Prime Minister and Ms. Kroes will next visit the Tesla Factory in Fremont, where the company makes its partly self-driving electric cars. The Prime Minister will sit behind the wheel of a Model S car. To close the morning program, the Prime Minister and Ms. Kroes visit the IT company Cisco. The company is active worldwide and has its European headquarters in Amsterdam.

Photo-op at 9:45 a.m. with Prime Minister Rutte, Ms. Kroes and Diarmuid O’Connell, VP of Business Development at Tesla, 45500 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont.

In the afternoon, Prime Minister Rutte and Ms. Kroes will have a lunch meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as tour the Apple store. The Prime Minister and Ms. Kroes will then visit Uber, which has its international headquarters in Amsterdam. Afterwards, a visit is scheduled to Planet Labs, a global developer of nano-satellites.  

At the end of the day, the Prime Minister and Ms. Kroes will attend a dinner with US investors operating in the Netherlands at the Transamerica Pyramid Center, 48th floor, 600 Montgomery Street.

Photo-op at 1:30 p.m. of the Prime Minister, Ms. Kroes, and Tim Cook at the Apple Store, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino.

Photo-op at 6:00 p.m. of the Prime Minister and Ms. Kroes at the Investment Dinner at the Transamerica Pyramid Center.

Tuesday morning, February 2

The Prime Minister and Ms. Kroes will travel to Stanford University to meet with students and faculty to discuss further collaboration between Stanford and Dutch universities.

Their visit to Silicon Valley ends with a meeting with the Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla.

“Collaboration with companies and knowledge institutions in Silicon Valley offers great opportunities for the Netherlands," the Prime Minister added.

The Netherlands and California are already working closely together to tackle climate change, as well as in agriculture and the global promotion of clean and smart transport.

Media must contact Ilse van Overveld, 202-413-5020, to cover the visit or schedule interviews.

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