Archive for January 2010

High School Classes for Afghan Students Result in New Enterprises

The Tashabos course educates high school students in the basics of entrepreneurship. So far, the course has reached 23,000 students in 44 schools in Afghanistan. More than 500 new businesses have been started by students who applied their classroom knowledge.

Muslim, who four years ago was a student at Ansary High School, started his own eyeglass shop.  ”Now you can see many differences and improvements in my business because I learned from Tashabos that a person can start from small beginnings and informed decisions, an individual can build a business that brings benefits to himself, his family, and his society.”



Shabnam, a 19-year-old student at Zinat Kobra High School, opened a beauty shop and also works as a tailor. ”As a trial, I fashioned many styles of clothing, stitched with beads and sent them to my hometown for sale. Sales were terrific and from that day on I have operated two businesses. In search of more customers, my plan is to shift my tailoring work to a shop outside of my home.”


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Historical Paths to Entrepreneurial Success in the US

Several years ago I did a simple study with a colleague at Harvard Business School to see if the highly successful entrepreneurs a century ago in the United States were any different from successful entrepreneurs today. One of the more interesting findings of that study was that the backgrounds and motivations of entrepreneurs in the two periods studied were indeed noticeably different. In 1917, entrepreneurs tended to be those who were denied other avenues to success. In 1997, successful entrepreneurs tended to be those who had other avenues open to them, but who were able to take on higher-risk opportunities.

I won’t say that the American experience has direct implications for entrepreneurship in developing countries today, but I do think it is important to keep in mind that entrepreneurs in different circumstances can have contrasting motivations and opportunities. To learn more about famous and forgotten great entrepreneurs of the past, read “The Entrepreneurial Roots of America’s Largest Corporations,” published by the National Commission on Entrepreneurship. Continue reading ‘Historical Paths to Entrepreneurial Success in the US’ »

European Entrepreneurship Video Award 2010

This year, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry will be hosting the second edition of the European Entrepreneurship Video Award.

The European Commission is inviting enterprising film lovers to produce a short video on the following questions:

What is entrepreneurship all about?
What could encourage people to become entrepreneurs?
What could counteract old prejudices and offer new visions of entrepreneurship?

The contest includes three different categories:

“Entrepreneurship – A different way of life”
“Entrepreneurship – Challenges and rewards”
“Entrepreneurship – The way into the future” Continue reading ‘European Entrepreneurship Video Award 2010’ »

Essay Competition on Youth Unemployment

The World Bank is seeking submissions from youth aged 18-25. The deadline is March 16, 2010.

“How can you tackle youth unemployment through youth-led solutions?

1. How does youth unemployment affect you, your country, town or local community?

2. What can you do, working together with your peers, to find a sustainable solution for job seekers through youth entrepreneurship? Think specifically about the barriers youths face in the labor market and how to tackle difficulties in accessing capital for business startups.

We encourage you to give concrete examples if you have personal experience as a young entrepreneur and if not share your ideas about how you would go about creating a business/ work opportunities in your local community/town/country.”

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