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Peace (and Startups) in the Middle East

World leaders have focused on peace in the Middle East for decades and efforts to engage populations directly through entertainment and the arts -- like music, dance, poetry and painting -- have also aimed to bridge the gap between cultures. Now, Startup Weekend is banking on...

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Posted by: Mark Marich
on July 19, 2010
Category:  Global 
Iceland: Conquering the Economic Crisis with Entrepreneurship
Amidst all the bad news in Iceland related to the economic crisis and the disruption caused earlier this year by the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, the country has seen some entrepreneurial silver linings. The stream of positive signs I noticed began in March this year when Iceland... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on July 18, 2010
Category:  Global 
Global Entrepreneurship: A Common Language
Last week’s Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Dubai was a historic gathering not only because -- under the patronage of Sheik Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan of the UAE -- it brought together entrepreneurship leaders from nearly 100 nations, but because it heralded a new era... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on March 15, 2010
Category:  Global 
Entrepreneurship in the Arab World: A Report from Dubai
It is an important week for entrepreneurship in the Middle East. Here in Dubai, two important global summits will be convened by His Excellency, Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, United Arab Emirates Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Carl Schramm, President of the... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on March 08, 2010
Tidings of Joy: An Optimistic Note for the Holidays
The spiritof entrepreneurship was alive and well at a recent gathering of more than 400 Georgetownstudents interested in globalization and entrepreneurship. When asked why theycame, it is not surprising that most aspired in some way to make a differenceas a “social innovator.”  What was moreof... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on December 21, 2009
Category:  Global 
Why Global Entrepreneurship Week Matters
(photo courtesy of Pieter Glerum) Days before Global Entrepreneurship Week kicked off, a piece in BusinessWeek by two of the initiative's proponents made the case for why it pays to encourage entrepreneurship among young people around the globe. Written by PDE's Jonathan Ortmans and... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 23, 2009
Category:  Global 
A Global Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship
[L to R] Dutch Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Jan Kees de Jagerhan, and Jonathan Ortmans of PDE during Global Entrepreneurship Week (photo courtesy of Pieter Glerum)   During this past Week I have been “Globe Blogging” and have reported from the road about... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on November 23, 2009
Category:  Global 
President Obama Proclaims Support During Global Entrepreneurship Week
As Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close in the US and 88 countries around the world, U.S. President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation supporting those efforts, proclaiming November 16 - 22 to be a national Entrepreneurship Week. In doing so, Obama called "upon... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 20, 2009
Category:  Capitol Hill  General  Global 
Global Entrepreneurship Policy Dialogues in Washington, DC
Washington, D.C, the capital of one of the most entrepreneurial economies and home to the largest international development organizations is alive for this, Global Entrepreneurship Week.  Policy events will focus, like others around the world, on the need to globally unleash a new wave of... [More]
Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans
on November 16, 2009
Category:  Global 
France's Early Start on Global Entrepreneurship Week
Kauffman Foundation Senior Fellow Karen Wilson attended "Les Journees de l'Entrepreneur", a Global Entrepreneurship Week event in France hosted by Ernst & Young. Karen's report of the event follows: France got an early and elegant start on Global Entrepreneurship Week last night with the hosting... [More]
Posted by: Mark Marich
on November 15, 2009

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