Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: December 2009

Tidings of Joy: An Optimistic Note for the Holidays

The spirit of entrepreneurship was alive and well at a recent gathering of more than 400 Georgetown students interested in globalization and entrepreneurship. When asked why theycame, it is not surprising that most aspired in some way to make a differenceas a “social innovator.”  What was more of a surprise to me was their deep curiosity about the marketplace as a means to make a difference in their world. Continue reading

Innovate to Educate

President Obama recently announced that the U.S. government is committed to restoring the nation’s leadership in educating children in math and science, and launched a new “Educate to Innovate” campaign. The campaign will bring together teachers, parents, businesses and the media to promote math and science learning. The effort promises to test and launch new ideas to improve math and science education outcomes, and most importantly, our children’s interest in these fields as platforms to tackle many pressing challenges. While the campaign aims at encouraging students to engage in innovation, will it foster innovation among education providers themselves? Continue reading

A Job Creator’s Visa

The idea of an entrepreneur’s or start-up visa that grants high-skilled immigrants the right to stay if they start job-generating businesses is gaining traction. Last Wednesday, a Wall Street Journal article laid out the case for it and the next day it was discussed both at a meeting I attended on how to boost innovation in the U.S and at the President’s Jobs Summit as a way to create jobs.

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