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Young Entrepreneurs Rebranding Africa

President Obama's summit last week with African leaders in Washington, D.C., when not distracted by the Ebola outbreak, focused as expected on investment opportunities for American businesses in the energy sector. And yet, it was clear the nature of our interface is changing forever on the continent where a new generation of African job creators and their startups are the driving phenomenon in Africa’s growth trajectory.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on August 11, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
Rwanda's Reset

Media attention was on Rwanda last week as the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. While the tragedy of human loss amounting to 800,000 people in just 100 days will never be forgotten, entrepreneurs are offering hope for a better future. 

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Global 
Starting Up Africa

While startup cities are just emerging, there are smart and sophisticated steps being taken to develop healthy entrepreneurial ecosystems across the African continent. I take a look at one such collaboration, LIONS@FRICA, that promises to set a new example of how the willing can better help in Africa.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on February 03, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
Top 10 PDE Stories from 2013

A lot has happened over the last twelve months in terms of the entrepreneurial economy. Twitter went public with the most-talked about IPO of 2013. Moving the other direction, Dell went private as Michael Dell emerged victorious in a very public and contentious battle with activist investor Carl Icahn--and then claimed Dell as "the world's largest startup." There were also major entrepreneurship gatherings in Brazil (Global Entrepreneurship Congress) and in a number of other countries -- like Malaysia, Libya and Kenya -- that don't immediately come to mind when one thinks "startup hotbed."

Now that 2013 is largely behind us, we take a look at the 10 most popular PDE posts from the last year at entrepreneurship.org. In fact, it's a post on one of those emerging hotspots that tops the list. 

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Mark Marich
on December 16, 2013
Category:  General 
Nairobi: East Africa’s Startup Hub

When I asked Mbwana Alliy last month why he founded the Savannah Fund in Nairobi, he had a simple answer—it is East Africa’s technology hub. As part of PDE’s look at Africa I began last week, we focus today on Kenya.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 15, 2013
Category:  Global 
It’s Time for Startup Africa

Chatter about the promise of Africa is not new. Outside economists have been reminding us about relatively high GDP growth rates; China conspiracy theorists keep us informed about who is buying up the continent’s natural resources; and global aid agencies are constantly rewriting their strategies. What is new is the rise of a new generation of Africans that is actually making things happen.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 08, 2013
Category:  Global 
Supporting Sub-Saharan Startups

The creative genius among the young is perhaps one of the least-tapped resources in many economies, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. If given the opportunity to explore entrepreneurship as a career path and a business-friendly environment, young people can unleash their potential—creating gains for all in terms of quality of life, employment and wealth generation. This Friday, I will get a first-hand look at some of that potential as I moderate part of the African Innovation Summit—sponsored by the U.S. Department of State in coordination with Meridian International Center—that will welcome more than 60 young African entrepreneurs to Washington, DC. And later this year, thanks to a new partnership, we will see some of the continent’s most promising entrepreneurs compete during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 11, 2012
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