En­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity fu­els growth

Jamaica Gleaner - - MESSAGE -

SINCE GLOBAL En­trepreneur­ship Week launched in London in 2007 to a room­ful of start-up cham­pi­ons from 37 coun­tries, our move­ment has been a key driver in an en­tre­pre­neur­ial revo­lu­tion driv­ing in­no­va­tion and build­ing pros­per­ous and se­cure com­mu­ni­ties around the world.

As more fresh ideas spring to life in the most un­ex­pected parts of the world, en­tre­pre­neur­ial pro­grammes, cap­i­tal and tal­ent are now trav­el­ling far and wide to find and sup­port the most promis­ing founder teams. Mean­while, a con­sen­sus has emerged in the last few years that en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tiv­ity fu­els in­no­va­tion, pro­duc­tiv­ity and economic growth in all types of economies and cul­tures across the globe. National pol­icy ad­vi­sors, now more at­tuned to the needs of their startup ecosys­tems, are cre­at­ing rapidly ex­pand­ing de­mand for ini­tia­tives and pro­grams that help new firms start and scale. There is also de­mand for re­sults, espe­cially from those who fund such pro­grammes and want to be sure scarce re­sources are de­ployed to where they will have the big­gest impact.

We have played a sig­nif­i­cant role in this revo­lu­tion by build­ing a far-reach­ing net­work that em­braces and en­gages non-tra­di­tional play­ers who are pas­sion­ate about ad­vanc­ing en­tre­pre­neur­ial growth. From the very be­gin­ning, we re­alised that the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tions were needed not only from the en­trepreneurs them­selves in in­spir­ing the next gen­er­a­tion, but from in­vestors, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, re­searchers, men­tors and other sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tions. JONATHAN ORTMANS Pres­i­dent of the Global En­trepreneur­ship Net­work

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