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Iran's Powerful Stockpile of Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Ortmans @jortmans

Nov 20, 2013


We have many reasons to celebrate this week, and here is one more: Iran has officially joined the Global Entrepreneurship Week movement, proving that entrepreneurs exist in all corners of the world and that the creative genius of today’s entrepreneurs trumps the hardest obstacl...

Work of Global Entrepreneurship Week Continues

Posted by Jonathan Ortmans @jortmans

Nov 18, 2013

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The work to support entrepreneurs continues and it reaches a high point this week as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launches today in 140 countries with more than 7.5 million participants involved. Thousands of brand new startups are taking their first step this wee...

Buenos Aires city government making bold moves in favor of entrepreneurship

Nov 12, 2013


In the midst of angst about Argentina’s political environment for businesses, Buenos Aires has made a strong commitment to review policies and programs with a vision of unleashing a new wave of entrepreneurs that will put the city back in th

‘Startup Policy' Advisors Gear Up

Posted by Jonathan Ortmans @jortmans

Nov 03, 2013

Recently I traveled to Kuala Lumpur to lead a roundtable discussion among “startup policy” experts that signaled a new chapter in knowledge creation around how governments can be smarter in supporting their potential high impact entrepreneurs.

All Eyes on Kuala Lumpur Despite Obama Cancellation

Oct 08, 2013


Today I am headed to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a government-convened gathering of entrepreneurs and their supporters focused on advancing entrepreneurship in Muslim-majority countries. Although U.S. President Barack Obama had to cancel at the last minute due to the federal gove...

Croatia's Entrepreneurial Impulse

Posted by GEW Global staff

Sep 12, 2013


Proud to have beaten the odds arising from a transition to independence since 1991 and the legacy of a war that only ended in 1995, Croatia officially joined the European Union on July 1, 2013. Last month, I accepted an invitation to visit with President Ivo Josipovic at his retr...

Entrepreneurs are Redefining Relationships with Russia

Posted by Jonathan Ortmans @jortmans

Jun 17, 2013


Spending a few days in Moscow last week where I spoke at the G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance Summit, I found a dynamic and outward facing city with startup communities as vibrant as any in Europe. I check on things in Russia on the eve of this Thursday’s St.

GEW Leaders from 135 Nations Start Gathering in Rio

Posted by GEW Global staff

Mar 08, 2013


Thousands of people from 135 countries have already started to arrive in Rio de Janeiro for the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) and festival in Rio de Janeiro.

Gulf States Focus on New Starts

Posted by Mark Marich (GEW global)

Dec 17, 2012


As announced by Vice President Joe Biden in Istanbul, under an agreement with the State Department, GEW Global worked closely this year with White House staff and the staff of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of the UAE in hosting a 2012 Gl

A World Awakened by Smiling Entrepreneurs

Posted by Jonathan Ortmans @jortmans

Nov 27, 2012


Everywhere you look in the media these days you see alleged signs of impending economic doom—from the ‘financial cliff’ threatening to punish United States policymakers if they can’t reach agreement soon to the Eurozone crisis with the Greek economy on the edge of collaps...