Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: November 2014

Global Entrepreneurship Week Comes to a Close — Or Does It?

As it has for each November since 2008, Global Entrepreneurship Week has unleashed a huge ground swell of events and competitions around the world, raising awareness and rallying support for entrepreneurs along with the polices and programs that help them start and scale new firms. But while the cacophony has begun to fade, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the momentum generated during GEW continues to resonate well into the coming year.

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Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

The reach of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) expands once again as the annual celebration of new and young firms – and all those who support them — officially opens today in 150 countries.

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Experimenting with Entrepreneurs and Economic Reform

As more economies take a closer look at increasing rates of new firm formation as a core element of new economic policies, it behooves us to look for clues for our own efforts to boost economic growth in the United States. I was recently invited by President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus to observe and comment on his small nation’s strategies for economic reform.

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Student Loan Debt Adds to Startup Anxiety

United States policymakers have an opportunity to reverse the persistent declining trend in the per capita startup rate. Over the next two decades, America will have a record number of people at the peak age for entrepreneurship—30s and 40s—who have been exposed to an unprecedented amount of entrepreneurship programs in higher education and popular culture. As that window of opportunity nears, an important policy barrier will need to be confronted: student debt and the anti-entrepreneurial incentive it represents.

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