The Global Entrepreneurship Congress is an inter-disciplinary gathering of startup champions from around the world-where entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, thought leaders and policymakers work together to help bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Over the past five years, the Congress has contributed to the expansion of a global entrepreneurial ecosystem, connecting experts and entrepreneurs across borders and sectors to unleash their ideas and transform innovation into reality.
EQUIP3 assessed the labor markets and consulted with numerous stakeholders in Kenya and Rwanda to identify viable youth livelihood opportunities in three sectors: information and communications technology (ICT), agriculture, and health.
Live at the 2013 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference, Kamal Quadir, Founder of CellBazaar and CEO of bKash, delivers an inspiring and informative Tech Talk about the power of technology to transform livelihoods, communities, and nations. Quadir gives examples of how technology helps businesses understand users' needs and how to meet them with sustainable business models.
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.
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.
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.
In late July, Making Cents International’s Collaborative Learning and Action Institute (Co-Lab) co-hosted a webinar with the Enterprise Uganda Foundation (EUF). A virtual full-house of attendees joined a lively discussion with presenters Chalres Ocici and Charles George Oumo of EUF. The webinar focused on EUF’s Business and Enterprise Setup Tool, or BEST, which is successfully improving and expanding youth job creation, workforce development, employability and entrepreneurship in Uganda.