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Jonathan Ortmans

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 
A Way of Life in Medellín

Last month, an international selection committee picked Medellín, Colombia, to host the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in March 2016.  Ahead of my visit there later this week, it is easy to see why.  Medellín stands out not just as a city with an entrepreneurial mindset but as a place where new firm formation is a way of life.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on May 12, 2014
Category:  Global 
Entrepreneur-led Education of Tomorrow’s Risk-Takers
Those who know about entrepreneurship education in the United States know of Ewing Marion Kauffman. Kauffman was a philanthropist in Kansas City who sought to enable generations to create wealth, value and jobs by encouraging and preparing them to take the entrepreneurial path. Are entrepreneurs following his example? I note today the work of another entrepreneur, Dr. Ir. Ciputra, who is busy with a similar mission in Indonesia.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on May 05, 2014
Greeks Taking Charge of Their Economic Future

While classified as a high-income country by the OECD, youth unemployment rates in Greece persist at around 60 percent. Despite gains in economic freedom, major fiscal weaknesses remain. With more people finding it acceptable to start a business, Greek entrepreneurs are taking their economic transformation into their own hands with networks well beyond their borders.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 28, 2014
Category:  Global 
Necessity Entrepreneurs Not Enough for Philippines

Entrepreneurship evangelists often see their work in some parts of the world as a war on poverty. This week, President Barack Obama will visit Philippines’ President Benigno Aquino III as part of his Asian tour. While the Philippines is the second-best performing economy in Asia, growing at an average of 6 percent since 2012, poverty incidence affects more than 20 percent of its population. For President Aquino, now is the time to look beyond necessity-driven entrepreneurship and address his country’s challenges in helping high-growth firms start and scale.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 21, 2014
Category:  Global 
Rwanda's Reset

Media attention was on Rwanda last week as the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide. While the tragedy of human loss amounting to 800,000 people in just 100 days will never be forgotten, entrepreneurs are offering hope for a better future. 

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 14, 2014
Category:  Global 
Hungary's Slow But Steady Startup Roadmap

Instability within several former socialist economies prompted me to look at their developing entrepreneurial ecosystems and check in on whether the entrepreneurial mindset is emerging among new generations. Given that it stands at 54 in the ranking of 189 economies on the ease of doing business, Hungary seemed like a good place to start.

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Jonathan Ortmans
on April 07, 2014
Category:  Global 

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