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Jonathan Ortmans

Entrepreneurs Called to Disrupt Education

Skill shortages are a roadblock for high-growth enterprises in many startup ecosystems. Below, I look at how entrepreneurs around the world are tackling this challenge, and how the research community has begun to measure their success ahead of the upcoming GEC2, a global gathering focused on smarter policies for entrepreneurial learning which I will co-host with President Ivo Josipović of Croatia September 22 – 26, 2014.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 28, 2014
Category:  Education 
Educating Australia's Leadership

Unable to join a youth entrepreneurship conference in Sydney, Australia, this week, I used the saved travel time to engage virtually in the conversations and to take a look at the entrepreneurship ecosystem “Down Under” that has been making a lot of noise up and over the world during the last five years.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 21, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
A Mindset Shift in Mexico

As I head to Mexico City this week, I reflect on the progress this ecosystem has demonstrated over the past few years in a quest to become a globally-recognized hub for entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 14, 2014
Category:  Global  Growth & Poverty 
Maximizing Dividends from Female Entrepreneurs

Those of us living in the United States are reminded each Independence Day of the many blessings we enjoy in terms of equality and individual liberty. The level of cultural capital for entrepreneurs is obviously linked to a nation’s cultural norms, stigmas and role models – or lack thereof. Nowhere is this more evident than in the world of female entrepreneurship where unaddressed challenges allow women’s creativity, problem-solving capacity and even key science and technology skills to lay idle in our societies.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on July 07, 2014
Category:  General 
From the Entrepreneurs' Garage to the Dinner Table

Entrepreneurs around the world are driving a new agricultural revolution to address the world’s dual food security and environmental challenges through sustainable agriculture technology, or “AgTech”. We need many more of them.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 30, 2014
Category:  Global 
What’s Ahead for China’s Entrepreneurs?
When China implemented its first economic reforms in 1978, the government accounted for more than 90 percent of GDP. By 2005, public sector contributions to GDP represented less than 50 percent. Does this mean entrepreneurs are thriving? [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on June 23, 2014
Category:  Global 
Entrepreneurs De-Escalate Tensions with Iran

While no direct discussions have occurred yet between Washington and Tehran on coordinating efforts to stabilize matters in Iraq, the United States and Iran clearly have shared interests in weakening the al Qaeda-linked militia that continues to take control of much of western Iraq.  I recently met with  Mohsen Malayeri, cofounder of the Iran Entrepreneurship Association and CEO of Khavarzamin, who is the driving force behind building stronger entrepreneurship communities in Iran to learn more about our new relationship with Iran fueled by entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 16, 2014
Category:  Global 
A Startup Nations Network for Policymakers

Sharing the premise that all boats rise on an incoming tide, a small group of startup policy advisors has emerged to find smarter ways their governments can help new firms start, scale, create jobs and fuel economic growth. I take a look at why Startup Nations emerged and the potential impact it can have in fostering smarter decision-making on behalf of new entrepreneurs.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 09, 2014
Category:  Global 
Silk Way Renaissance in Kazakhstan

Since its independence in 1991, Kazakhstan has moved decisively to be among the top 50 economies in terms of the ease of doing business and overall economic freedom. On May 23, I joined President Nursultan Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Prime Minister Dato Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia and Muhammad Yunus, professor of economics, founder of the Grameen Bank and laureate of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 in Astana for a discussion about future prospects in Kazakhstan for entrepreneurs. 

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Jonathan Ortmans
on June 02, 2014
Category:  Global 
Dominican Republic Joins Regional Push for Healthier Startup Ecosystems
My visit to Colombia last week taught me that Brazil and Chile are no longer the sole players in the region intent upon building an entrepreneurial economy. With Latin American startup ecosystem leaders gathering this week around a workshop for ecosystem professionals in Latin America, we take a look at the host of the conference – the Dominican Republic. [More]
Jonathan Ortmans
on May 19, 2014
Category:  Global 

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