Global Entrepreneurship Week has launched and more than 200 countries are encouraging people to consider the path of entrepreneurship.
In a video, Jonathan Ortmans, President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, said: “The world needs more entrepreneurs. We need more of our citizens rethinking, ideating, creating jobs and generating new value for their economies, their communities and themselves.
“When we conceived Global Entrepreneurship Week 15 years ago with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, we had a simple goal. We wanted to show all citizens and all nations that Silicon Valley has no monopoly on entrepreneurship. We set out to inspire and give confidence to all citizens, but especially to historically underrepresented groups so they too knew they could be dreamers, doers, and risk-takers.
“The time has never been more important for each of us to call on more of our nation’s entrepreneurial potential. Entrepreneurs are more than optimists. They are natural leaders made for uncertain times and big problems like the ones we face today. Many of us are anxious about our health, inflation, how to pay our bills, the polarization of our world and of course, the sustainability of our planet due to climate change. But put simply, many of us are uncomfortable or even scared of this less certain and less predictable world.
“The good news is that entrepreneurs thrive on both problems and uncertainty. They see possibilities. As change accelerates, they see an infinite number of new potential solutions to test. They inspire us all to be curious, to be resilient and confident in humanity and our ability to solve problems. Data shows that in the post-pandemic world, millions of new actions are happening very fast across national boundaries that are, of course, porous to innovation and ideas. While the rules and norms have changed, the early adapters, the entrepreneurs, are already on it. We can have that confidence. But we need more of them.”
The full video can be seen here.
In a statement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “Canadian entrepreneurs are taking risks, bringing new ideas to life, and making significant contributions to our country.”
“During the 15th Global Entrepreneurship Week, we recognize the people behind Canadian businesses for their dedication and innovative spirit, which drive economic growth and create good, middle-class jobs across the country. Entrepreneurs are always finding innovative ways to adapt to global challenges and to a rapidly evolving economy,” he said.
“Investments in people, resources, and innovation are key for Canadian businesses to stay competitive. Earlier this year, the Government of Canada launched the $4 billion Canada Digital Adoption Program to help businesses grow their online presence and strengthen their e-commerce to reach new markets. In Budget 2022, the government committed $1 billion to launch a new Canadian innovation and investment agency, which will provide the tools and incentives for entrepreneurs to innovate.
“At the same time, we are helping business owners who face systemic barriers. The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy, representing more than $6 billion in investments and commitments, aims to increase women’s access to the resources they need to start and scale their businesses. Additionally, investments of $265 million over four years in the Black Entrepreneurship Program are helping Black business owners and entrepreneurs to access resources that will help them grow their businesses and succeed now and into the future.”
The full statement can be seen here.
(Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran of the media industry for more than 40 years and named in 2021 a Top Ten Business Journalist in the world and only Canadian)
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