Jonathan Ortmans

Building One Global Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Month: November 2016

Entrepreneurship Thriving in Saudi Arabia

By 2030, the population of Saudi Arabia is expected to reach 39.1 million, an increase of 24.1 percent from 2015. Such a high growth market offers many opportunities for its entrepreneurs. I wrote in 2010 that entrepreneurship enjoys a high-level of government support. Its investments are bearing fruit. Today’s younger Saudis are particularly entrepreneurial.

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China Impresses on GEW 2016 Global Tour

From Shanghai, the second stop on my GEW 2016 road trip, I report that entrepreneurship is on the rise in China. However, many commentators outside and even inside the country have been slow to equate China’s economic growth with entrepreneurial activity. Instead, analysts have focused on government initiatives, such as infrastructure construction, or foreign direct investment as the key drivers of China’s 20-year surge.

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GEW South Africa Kicks off A New Chapter

Each year, I travel to as many countries as possible during Global Entrepreneurship Week — speaking at events to emphasize the importance of the democratization of entrepreneurship and in building one global ecosystem. This year, I began my tour in Johannesburg, South Africa, which will host our annual Global Entrepreneurship Congress for the first time on the Africa continent in March 2017.

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