Jonathan Ortmans

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Start-Ups Continue to “Bloom” in Argentina
Ortmans Jonathan
9/13/2010
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In the 90s, Argentina became Latin America’s Internet center, which was a good sign of an entrepreneurial spirit among its people. Endeavor, the United States nonprofit that helps foster high impact entrepreneurship, had its first success in the developing world in Argentina just before the country’s last major financial collapse. Given Argentina’s turbulent economic history, I thought I would take a quick look at the role of entrepreneurs over the past 10 years since Argentina’s Internet startup boom.

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The State of Entrepreneurship in Chile
Ortmans Jonathan
8/30/2010
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The Chilean economy has been recognized as the most competitive of Latin America. In general, Chile has been characterized by political and economic stability and relatively low levels of corruption and offers one of the most advanced physical infrastructure systems in the region. The potential and proven track record of this economy has led to Chile’s recent accession to the OECD as its 31st member and its first member in South America. Not surprisingly, Chile is often a case study in economic development. The question is whether its model will show the power of entrepreneurship as an engine for prosperity?

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Catalyzing Global Entrepreneurship Support
Ortmans Jonathan
8/16/2010
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Following up on chatter following my blog last week discussing the need for caution around the quality of interventions that seek to provide technical support to entrepreneurs, I will continue the conversation thread this week with a post discussing another  innovative entrepreneurial support program  - iStart, which happens to open for business today.

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Assessing Skill Building Programs for Entrepreneurs
Ortmans Jonathan
8/9/2010
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With nearly all net job growth in our country coming from companies less than five years old, Congress has debated this year what the role of government should be in developing programs and interventions that support entrepreneurship. While the World Bank’s Doing Business project reported a record number of new pro-entrepreneurship legal and regulatory reforms around the world in 2009, governments and multi-national institutions continue to be tempted to develop entrepreneurship development programs.

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Tracking Early Stage Investors
Ortmans Jonathan
8/3/2010
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Access to funding is often mentioned in meetings about how to enable high impact entrepreneurship. We are always reminded that bank lending to small businesses remains tight. Even loans subsidized by the Small Business Administration have dropped off in recent months. Venture capital was prominent historically for its role in financially catalyzing high-growth companies, but has over the years become less significant in spurring entrepreneurship. So what are angel investors up to this summer?

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Combing the World for Cleantech Entrepreneurs
Ortmans Jonathan
7/25/2010
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This year has brought a lot of productive give-and-take of ideas on clean energy innovation by people around the world who saw opportunity rather than doom in the combination of environmental and financial challenges. Last May, for example, I joined over 140 participants from all...

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Iceland: Conquering the Economic Crisis with Entrepreneurship
Ortmans Jonathan
7/18/2010
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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...

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Beyond the World Cup: A Diamond for Growth
Ortmans Jonathan
7/12/2010
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Spain’s victory yesterday in the World Cup in Johannesburg marks the conclusion to an exciting competition. However, with the media pointing to some of the dashed economic expectations among South Africans these past few weeks, I decided to inquire a little more into the entrepreneurial...

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Reshaping Economic Landscape in Saudi Arabia
Ortmans Jonathan
7/3/2010
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As the King of Saudi Arabia met in the U.S. with President Barack Obama on June 29th, the National U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce (NUSACC) released its first newsletter dedicated to entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia. The news suggests that the country is gradually gaining a supportive...

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Cameron’s Payroll Tax Holiday and the G20
Ortmans Jonathan
6/28/2010
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I suggested in my blog following President Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship earlier this year that what we need now is for routine global ministerial level economic meetings to concentrate on policies that encourage the creation of new firms. As I depart Toronto where we have been gathering for the official G20 Young Entrepreneurs Summit I note at least one minister arriving having put his money where his mouth is for entrepreneurs - UK Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne.

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