Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Portugal’s Entrepreneur-led Economic Turnaround

At GEN, we have always been interested in the rise of the rest of the world – building Global Entrepreneurship Week campaigns in unlikely, poor or even war torn countries, or in hosting our annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress in cities struggling with significant economic, social or political challenges.

Recently, I visited Portugal to meet with Paulo Andrez, chair of the GEN Portugal Board of Directors, and Ana Barjasic, the amazing GEN Portugal acting managing director.

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Sneak Peak: GEW Co-Founder Carl Schramm’s Book a Must Read for Aspiring Entrepreneurs (and Those Who Support Them)

As we celebrate our tenth Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), Carl Schramm, who was instrumental in the founding of GEW while leading the Kauffman Foundation from 2002 to 2012, gave me an opportunity to review his new book, Burn the Business Plan: What Great Entrepreneurs Really Do. A University Professor at Syracuse, Schramm is a successful entrepreneur, having founded or co-founded five companies; an economist; and, a world leading expert on entrepreneurship, innovation and economic growth.

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Building Local Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Russia

There has been a history of mistrust between Russia and the West for many years, and 2017 has been no exception. While I continue to be dumbfounded by some of the things each side believes about each other, one should not be surprised when so much of what is perceived comes from social media and hearsay. But entrepreneurship is a level playing field and so as someone who has been visiting Russia regularly since 1990, I wanted to report on our current work and partners and my recent visit to speak at the Open Innovations Forum at Skolkovo.

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GEW Turns 10: Entering the New Normal

Today marks the opening day of #GEW2017 – and with it, we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Since it launched in 77 countries in 2008, GEW has been the impetus behind more than 120,000 events, activities and competitions – with nearly 60 million participants – to help people unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. It has also fostered connections among entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, researchers, policymakers and others involved in helping new firms start and scale.

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The Rise of Emerging Entrepreneurial Cities

The mission of the Global Entrepreneurship Network is to help build one entrepreneurial ecosystem. People are mobile, ideas fly around the world, and capital moves rapidly across borders. Entrepreneurs no longer need to be constrained by geographic boundaries: startups in Africa working on global problems will seek connections with startups in Europe and the United States. Venture capitalists have followed this pattern, expanding their global investment portfolio over the past two decades.

Yet we have lacked ways to fully capture the globalization of startups and the progress of the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. And, while we have evidence-based insights about the DNA of specific innovation hubs such as London, New York, and Silicon Valley, we have not understood what works in helping smaller ecosystems accelerate their growth and increase their performance.

Until now.

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