University Entrepreneurship May Be Failing Its Market Test

Schramm & Co.; Syracuse University
Carl Schramm is a University Professor at Syracuse University. His newest book, with Robert Litan, Better Capitalism, is just out from Yale University Press. His current course is “Building Real Businesses—An Empirical Examination of What We Know about Entrepreneurship.” A founder or cofounder of five businesses, he served for ten years as CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. He is a visiting scientist at MIT and a fellow at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. Schramm & Co. is an investor in numerous start-ups.

Hope or Hype? Five Obstacles to Mobile Money Innovations for Youth Financial Services

New America Foundation
This article summarizes findings also presented in the 2013 Global Assets Project policy brief, “Accelerating Access: The Movement Toward Mobile Solutions to Youth Financial Inclusion” by Zimmerman et al., published by the New America Foundation.
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Young People, Agriculture, and Transformation in Rural Africa: An “Opportunity Space” Approach

Institute of Development Studies

In this essay we argue that entrepreneurship-based policy and programmes to address the jobs challenge facing young people in rural Africa need to be much more firmly grounded. Specifically, in terms of expectations, design and implementation they must take explicit account of the highly diverse and changing rural and social realities within which young people both find themselves and help to fashion.

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Finding the Word for Entrepreneur in Luganda

Countryside Youth Foundation
On March 29, 2010, we watched the birth of our first calf conceived using modern technology. As she entered the world, I was struck by how quickly she managed to stand on her feet. For such a delicate animal—when she lay in the grass her skinny legs looked like a pile of sticks—she was impressively strong. 
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Future Forward: Innovations for Youth Employment in Africa

Ashoka and MasterCard Foundation

Something extraordinary is happening in Africa - a spirit of entrepreneurship is emerging.  Africa’s economy is growing at a rapid pace, and its young population will require a new set of skills to take full advantage of the continent’s potential.  However, young entrepreneurs face many challenges, including limited access to finance and business support services, unreliable technology, and a host of bureaucratic obstacles.

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Youth Opportunity: Rethinking the Next Generation

The Rockefeller Foundation
Judith Rodin is President of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world’s leading philanthropic organizations. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to strengthen resilience to risks and ensure more equitable growth around the world. 

Going Against the Flow in Higher Education: Deliberately Including those Previously Excluded

University of the People
If everyone actually had the opportunity to obtain a university education, the world would be a different place. I believe this so strongly that, though I could have retired in 2009, I chose instead to found University of the People (UoPeople): the world’s tuition-free, nonprofit, online, degree-granting academic institution dedicated to opening access to higher education globally. UoPeople is specifically designed to provide access to college studies for qualified high school graduates, despite financial, geographic, societal, or personal constraints.