Our News

Is Education the Real Beneficiary of an Entrepreneurial Economy?

By Jonathan Ortmans “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,” said futurist Alvin Toffler. Are policymakers focused on building entrepreneurial economies in the name of jobs, or is it really a cunning worker training […]

Interview with Mr. Jan Versteeg

Orange Grove is a flexible workspace located in Athens where young Greek and Dutch entrepreneurs can work on their business, where they can network and learn. It offers young entrepreneurs the opportunity to start a business in a time when many young Greeks face the tough choice of whether to move […]

How Much Does Coding Literacy Matter

Coding has become a “must” skill in a number of successful scale-ups as computer programmers operationalize the smooth and agile flow of information, making a plethora of solutions possible. Given its escalating role in bringing new economically viable businesses to life, what are we doing to better equip society and […]

Entrepreneurs called to disrupt education

Skill shortages are a roadblock for high-growth enterprises in many startup ecosystems. Below, I look at how entrepreneurs around the world are tackling this challenge, and how the research community has begun to measure their success ahead of the upcoming GEC2, a global gathering focused on smarter policies for entrepreneurial learning which […]

Educating Australia’s leadership

Unable to join a youth entrepreneurship conference in Sydney, Australia, this week, I used the saved travel time to engage virtually in the conversations and to take a look at the entrepreneurship ecosystem “Down Under” that has been making a lot of noise up and over the world during the […]

How Can Governments Help Entrepreneurs?

Are governments wasting their time and money with all of their efforts to promote entrepreneurial growth in their communities and countries? Not quite, but they could certainly be spending their resources more wisely. A new report from the Kauffman Foundation argues “despite billions of dollars in government research expenditures, the […]

Combating youth unemployment in Greece

As part of its new initiative to tackle youth unemployment, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, one of Greece’s leading philanthropic organisations, will be hosting an international two-day conference in Athens on June 26 and 27. Fully aware that the unemployment rate for young people in Greece exceeds 60 per cent, the […]

Countries Legislate Entrepreneurship Education

While many are discussing, studying, analyzing and debating, others have put a stake in the ground and declared that teaching entrepreneurship as a viable career option, and the skills that go with it, is an economic imperative. In a recent article, China Daily reports that the government of China has ordered Universities […]

National Boundaries are Porous for Global Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneur, writer and academic Vivek Wadhwa, known for his work at Singularity University and writing on high skilled immigration, said it best in Moscow when he said “We don’t need governments to solve our problems anymore; we have entrepreneurs for that”. This message set the tone for the first day of the […]

Policy Assumptions: True Or False?

Dan Isenberg, advisor to several governments as executive director of the Babson Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Project, has developed a list of policy assumptions, and reveals which are myths. Here is a quick test he developed as a reality check on entrepreneurship ecosystems. Do you think the following are true or false? “You know […]