Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation was once again an active participant in the Global Entrepreneurship Week festivities. In the days leading up to GEW 2011, Samriddhi not only publicized its own event, but also the history and importance of GEW in general through a press release to local media. The advanced notice paid off and several media outlets covered the event held on November 17th honoring eight prominent entrepreneurs from various sectors across Nepal. Multiple accounts of the event can be read in publications like the Kathmandu Post, as well as two sections of the Himalayan Times (Entrepreneurs Urged to Tap Opportunity and Entrepreneurship Celebrations and Rehabilitation). Biruwa, a local start-up incubator in Nepal, also posted a lengthy blog describing the event and summarizing several key takeaways based on the experiences of the entrepreneurs who were honored.
Archive for November 2011
On November 29, 2011, the CIPE Regional Office in Romania and the National School for Political and Administrative Studies (NSPAS) organized the seminar “Today’s Entrepreneurs for Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs: Practical Advice from Successful Romanian Entrepreneurs”. The seminar was held at NSPAS and welcomed undergraduate students interested in becoming entrepreneurs at some point.
Around forty undergraduate students heard stories from two very successful Romanian entrepreneurs. Ms. Diana Blinda is the founder of Hansen Office Design, a luxury office furniture distribution chain and Mr. Antonio Eram is the founder of both an online payment service, MobilPay.com, and Netopia System, the leading SMS platform provider in Romania with a branch operating in Silicon Valley as well. The guests offered their insights on entrepreneurship and the challenges of starting a business in Romania from a very matter-of-fact perspective. Each guest also shared their views on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.
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In Vladikavkaz, a city in Russia’s North Caucasus region, the Vladikavkaz Institute of Management hosted on November 17 a roundtable discussion for about 30 people. Panelists included Vladikavkaz Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CIPE partner Kazbek Tuganov, along with representatives of the regional Ministry of Economic Development and the regional parliament. The event was attended by past graduates of the CIPE’s youth entrepreneurship program, which trains local students in the skills necessary to launch a business in a democratic society. Discussion centered on what useful incentives, including grants and low-interest loans, that the Ministry of Economic Development could offer to business startups.
Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation observed Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 17 by recognizing eight entrepreneurs and asking them to share their experiences. The honorees were Mr. Bholanath Sharma, Mr. Biswas Dhakal, Ms. Hajuri Bista, Mr. Hari Bhakta Sharma, Mr. Maheswor Shrestha, Mr. Niranjan Shrestha, Mr. Om Rajbhandary, and Mr. Shyam Kakshapati.
“There’s a spice blend used throughout the Middle East – za’atar– which is bold, assertive, and unique in flavor. As we witnessed over the last week in Lebanon, those same adjectives might be a way to describe Lebanese entrepreneurs and the flair with which Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) is being celebrated here.”
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Tunisia, I attended the first session of an IACE forum on Tunisia’s youth and the education system which was well attended by an audience of at least 90% people under 25.
Marketable skills were one of the major obstacles to youth employment discussed — business leaders on the panel said that, for all Tunisia has too many unemployed graduates, businesses find they can’t hire most of them because they lack vital soft skills. All too often they say they find candidates who have technical expertise, but lack presentation skills, do not work well on teams, and often cannot write well enough.
On November 16, the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ICCI) hosted Global Entrepreneurship Week in collaboration with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the Kauffman Foundation and Junior Chamber International. The Islamabad event was attended by over 80 chamber members, diplomatic community, young entrepreneurs and students (see coverage in the Express Tribune).
The purpose of this event was to promote the entrepreneurs and to serve the society. Hundreds of students from the 14 students participated in this event. This is the second time that Afghanistan celebrates this week. All the participating 14 schools displayed their products and handicrafts that is a big support to students to find market and to learn practically.
Increasingly, governments around the world talk about the importance of entrepreneurship and supporting small business, recognizing that in many cases it is the only option that can meet the growing youth demand for jobs in the private sector. Governments speak about establishing an entrepreneurial economy, adopting new technologies, and promoting innovation in national development plans, electoral campaigns, and policy debates. However, such calls too often remain simply rhetoric, especially in those countries where the lack of democratic mechanisms leaves public officials largely unaccountable. Delivering on promises – not just making statements – requires a fundamental rethinking of how countries are governed.