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Ghana and the Next Wave of Entrepreneurship in Africa
Jonathan Ortmans
5/6/2013
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I first visited the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Ghana when it first opened in 2008. It was impressive then and it has continued to impress since—helping incubate promising tech startups throughout the country. Five years later, it is part of a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Accra that is laying the foundation for future growth. In our final commentary on Africa, we hear from Alicia Robb, senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, who has just returned from Ghana about her thoughts on the progress being made.

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Global Entrepreneurship Congress: An Evolution
Ortmans Jonathan
3/13/2012
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The following is an excerpt from the latest Impact Report for Global Entrepreneurship Week that outlines the evolution of the annual gathering of startup champions and entrepreneurs from around the world. You can download a copy of the Impact Report from the homepage of the Global Entrepreneurship Week website.

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Global Entrepreneurship Lights Up Across the Globe
Ortmans Jonathan
11/8/2010
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Since it was launched in 2008 by the Kauffman Foundation and Enterprise UK, more than 18,000 partner organizations joined the global movement to shape the next generation of entrepreneurs. In its still short life, GEW has established a solid and ongoing presence in more than 100 countries -- and counting. During the same time period, over 10 million people around the world have participated in GEW activities and 2010 promises to boost that total to tap even more human capital and breathe life into new startups.

While the majority of nations this year will start Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 15th, some countries are conducting their celebrations a week or more in advance due to an important Muslim holiday, Eid al-Adha, falling on November 16th.

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Global Entrepreneurship Policy Dialogues in Washington, DC
Ortmans Jonathan
11/16/2009
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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...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Kicks off Around the World and Portugal’s New Age of Discovery
Ortmans Jonathan
11/15/2010
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Throughout this week, when another 80 countries launch Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), there will be a significant number of events organized by GEW partners at universities, schools, companies, professional associations, technological centers and municipalities. Like last week’s events in Muslim countries, the activities will be diversified, ranging from thematic conferences to networking with investors and entrepreneurs, presentation of business plans, recreational events, sport events, cultural events, etc. There will be something for everyone and I encourage all to take advantage of these opportunities.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Movement Blasts Off in 123 Countries
Ortmans Jonathan
11/14/2011
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Today is another historic day for startups and our economies. It is the opening day of the fourth Global Entrepreneurship Week, the world’s largest celebration of the innovators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth, and expand human welfare. In three short years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 120 countries and this week organizers are expecting nearly 11 million people to show up at over 40,000 planned events and activities.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week On the Horizon
Jonathan Ortmans
11/5/2012
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Tomorrow, roughly 100 million Americans will cast their vote for one of two men who have stressed the importance of entrepreneurs and of course, small business to the country—and claimed to be the best candidate to empower them. Meanwhile, one week from today, policymakers, researchers and millions of nascent entrepreneurs in 130 countries will be taking matters into their own hands through a collection of 40,000 events, activities and competitions during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week Sunsets with Renewed Hunger for Growth
Ortmans Jonathan
11/22/2010
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I am happy to report that in its third year, Global Entrepreneurship Week grew by leaps and bounds. As more countries take advantage of this global movement, more minds are pursuing their entrepreneurial dreams. GEW has not just inspired students looking for a way to reach their goals, but the leaders of nations who were inspired in their efforts to boost growth by the sheer energy of the millions of participants in GEW activities during the past two weeks. In case you haven’t been following, here are a couple of anecdotes from this year’s Week, and the reaction it produced among some of the world’s leaders.

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Global Entrepreneurship: A Common Language
Ortmans Jonathan
3/15/2010
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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...

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Global Prospects for Startup Legislation in 2013
Jonathan Ortmans
1/14/2013
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Every year, reports from the World Bank, the OECD and numerous private sector researchers tell us that nations are improving their regulatory environment in terms of reducing the complexity and cost of regulatory processes for starting a business. However, comprehensive reforms to stimulate startup creation are still relatively hard to find. Will the ever-intensifying global race to build strong startup ecosystems from the bottom-up change this?

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