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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 
Ecosystem Physics - Lessons from Egypt
With all the chatter around the Middle East, we welcome a guest post from Mike Ducker. Over the last two years, he has been the Entrepreneur-In-Residence for the U.S. State Department's Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) in Egypt, a project funded by USAID and centered on starting, growing and facilitating financing for Egyptian entrepreneurs. His observations show once more the remarkable similarities around the world in terms of how to support startups. [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on September 23, 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
Diaspreneurship

Diasporans are natural bridges between cultures and systems, but their diplomatic and developmental potential remains largely untapped. During Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington DC, the U.S. Department of State, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Kauffman Foundation and Univision Networks hosted Unleashing IdEA to develop ideas for harnessing the entrepreneurial spirit of diaspora communities.

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Mark Marich
on November 21, 2011
Category:  Global  Immigration 
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