Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: May 2013

Global Startup Revolution 2.0

Over the past eight years in developing Global Entrepreneurship Week on behalf of the Kauffman Foundation, I have traveled to all corners of the earth, putting my boots on the ground in nearly 70 countries in the battle to help nations share in the power of their own inventive spirit by encouraging their entrepreneurs. In the beginning I met resistance – sometimes from skeptical big business, sometimes from strong government or simply, as in the case of Japan, parents anxious about economic stability.

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Remembering Rule of Law in Honduras

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In this era of sophisticated public policy around enabling high-growth entrepreneurship, governments should be mindful to not forget the basics. A survey conducted last November in Honduras found that gang violence was forcing the closure of 1600 companies across the country. This is a good reminder that supporting startups to scale up in this part of the world must include deep institutional reforms to strengthen the rule of law and the judicial system.

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Latin America’s Entrepreneurship Beat

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Global interest in the emerging entrepreneurial economies of Latin America has been on the rise. It is where Endeavor began—launching in Chile and Argentina in 1997—and more recently, the region’s vibrant cultures have led the likes of Geeks on a Plane and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress to take a closer look. This spring we report back from a few economies in the region.

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Ghana and the Next Wave of Entrepreneurship in Africa

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I first visited the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Ghana when it first opened in 2008. It was impressive then and it has continued to impress since—helping incubate promising tech startups throughout the country. Five years later, it is part of a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Accra that is laying the foundation for future growth. In our final commentary on Africa, we hear from Alicia Robb, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, who has just returned from Ghana about her thoughts on the progress being made.

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