Archive for April 2010

Unreasonable & Crazy Entrepreneurs

The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once said that “the reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

By this measure, some of today’s leading entrepreneurs are distinctly unreasonable and democratic and economic progress depends on them. Recognizing this, the Obama administration held a Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship on April 26-27 in Washington, DC, building on his speech to the Muslim world in Cairo last summer in which he promised “to identify how [America] can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations and social entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world.”

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Entrepreneurship in Pakistan

“It has been 63 years since the independence of Pakistan, and my country has achieved significantly in every aspect of life—be it population, development of cities, the army, politics, education, health, and most importantly, the back bone of any economy—entrepreneurship… Although entrepreneurship in Pakistan today is at a very crucial stage as the economies of most developed countries are in global recession, Pakistani entrepreneurs are not badly hit as compared to other neighboring countries.”

“I was born into a family of businessmen whose business for over 60 years was started by my grandfather and continued by his 9 sons… My interest in the chamber movement encouraged other young professionals to join and thus we created a Youth Forum at the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry…”

Read my full article in the Manila Times:

“Entrepreneurship in Pakistan,” Part 1

“Entrepreneurship in Pakistan,” Part 2

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Artha Entrepreneurship Newsletter – First Issue

Entrepreneurs’ clubs for college students in Nepal have published their first newsletter–Artha–on economics and entrepreneurship. This issue contains articles on finding a market niche, social entrepreneurship, news items, and club activities. The entrepreneurs’ clubs were started by graduates of the Arthãlaya program, which helps young people to explore alternative ideas for Nepal’s existing problems, to understand the value of entrepreneurship, and to learn the know-how of building new businesses and promoting economic reform.

Read the March 2010 issue.

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ICCI Youth Support Pakistan-Turkey CEOs Forum

Recently the Pakistan-Turkey CEOs Forum was jointly hosted by the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) & the Board of Investment (Government of Pakistan) during the state visit to Pakistan by the President of the Republic of Turkey Mr. Abdullah Gul.

The forum was planned in 3 sessions. During the morning session the CEOs of both countries presented their points of view for investment in both countries, followed by B2B meetings of both countries. 57 business delegates from Turkey from construction, textiles, steel, energy and other sectors met almost 150 Pakistani businessmen.

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ILO’s Summer Academy on Sustainable Enterprise Development

Turin, Italy, 21 June – 2 July, 2010

The third edition of the ILO’s Sustainable Enterprise Academy provides participants with a unique overview of existing tools and knowledge about sustainable enterprise development.  This year the Academy has a special focus on youth entrepreneurship and strategies for governments and donor agencies to tackle the problem of creating new jobs.

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