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A Global Race to Create the Best Startup Ecosystem

Posted by: Jonathan Ortmans on January 30, 2012 Source: Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship

The recent announcement of Richard Branson, the world-famous entrepreneur best known for his Virgin brand empire and his passion for adventure sports, as the headline speaker at the upcoming Global Entrepreneurship Congress has generated a significant amount of attention and interest. Meanwhile behind the scenes, a broad cross-section of delegates are planning their trip to the Congress in Liverpool, looking to see what they can learn about fostering startup ecosystems that can accelerate their nation’s talent to introduce new disruptive ideas and firms that turn them into innovations that change lives and drive markets.

Today, City AM, a London-based daily that provides financial and business news, ran a piece from me that looks at the increasingly crowded race and the reasons why so many countries are in it. Here is an excerpt:

“Entrepreneurship promotion is no longer hopelessly intertwined with the discussion of “small and medium enterprises” (SMEs). Instead, it is now focused on building resourceful systems that accelerate any nation’s talent to introduce new disruptive ideas and firms that turn them into innovations that change lives and drive markets. Such an effort is screaming for cross-border collaboration and leadership and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress – occurring this March in Liverpool – promises a global conversation on how to get there.”

Read the full piece on City AM’s website.

Category:  Global  Tags:  Richard Branson, GEC 2012,

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