Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: November 2012 (page 1 of 2)

Entrepreneurs Assess Their Ecosystems

If you are familiar with this blog, you know we often discuss the progress or obstacles in various entrepreneurship ecosystems. We have also discussed the paucity of data around the world to best inform decision makers keen to smooth the path for their aspiring entrepreneurs. Current thinking suggests that startup communities need to be led by entrepreneurs and today we take note of a new global survey of entrepreneurs. Released earlier this month, the Global Entrepreneurship Week Policy Survey, which was designed to shed light on key questions for policy discussions on high-growth entrepreneurship from the perspective of entrepreneurs themselves.

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Denmark’s Leadership & the Outlook for Europe’s Startup Scene

A recent article in The Economist titled “Les miserables” discussed Europe’s “chronic failure to encourage ambitious entrepreneurs” and called its culture “deeply inhospitable to entrepreneurs.” While this has been historically the case in both the regulatory and cultural arenas, every day that I spend in Europe during GEW 2012 I am getting less pessimistic about Europe’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

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Time Washes History Away in Romania

Today I have been in Bucharest, Romania where I had the pleasure of meeting with others on our Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Romania Board before delivering the keynote speech during their Innovation Challenge, an event to identify a one-year initiative to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Romania. Continue reading

All Eyes on the Doers and Makers of Things


Today marks the official opening of Global Entrepreneurship Week, now celebrated in 131 countries. Throughout this week, roughly 25,000 partner organizations will be actively engaged in holding 35,000 events, activities and competitions–engaging more than 7 million participants and equipping them with the skills and connections to take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. But GEW is more than just a celebration, it is attracting new talent to the field and supplementing grassroots startup energy with top down endorsements that legitimize entrepreneurship. Continue reading

All Eyes on the Doers and Makers of Things

Now that the U.S. presidential election is past us, the attention of hundreds of Americans has shifted from political battle to startup battle as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launches today in 130 countries. Unlike any political election, though, you will not hear next-day rhetoric about “fresh starts.” Bottom-up startup communities and nascent entrepreneurs from across the globe are already in the driving seat and well down the road to growing their economies and making jobs. For newly elected politicians, the only issue is how much they want to make their path easier.

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