What Are Innovative Examples of Overcoming Challenges To Foster Entrepreneurship?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
April 23, 2010
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In his June 4, 2009 speech in Cairo, President Obama announced that the United States will host a Summit on Entrepreneurship to identify how we can deepen ties between business leaders, foundations, and entrepreneurs in the United States and Muslim communities around the world. The Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship, which will be held April 26-27, 2010 in Washington, DC, follows through on the President's commitment.

Through this Summit, the United States seeks both to join existing efforts and inspire new efforts to promote entrepreneurship and innovation and address key issues and challenges for advancing entrepreneurship, including: accessing capital, mentoring and networking, empowering women and youth, promoting and enabling business, and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship.

What are innovative examples of overcoming challenges to foster a culture of entrepreneurship?

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OysterCracker
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United States
April 23, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

You guys are using my ideas and not giving me credit for it. I like my idea of bringing entrepreneurship to schools. Education is a powerful way to counteract extremism. Rather than attending the local Madrassa, schools should be partnered with viable businesses such as a grocery store or agricultural farm. The businesses can use the profit to support the school and the school can provide inexpensive labor. If schools provide an excellent education to a child who otherwise couldn't afford it, working 2-3 hours after school doesn't seem exploitive. Young children can arrange toothpaste on a shelf or help a customer find a product or plant a seed into the ground. Businesses should be partnered according to a student's age and ability and become increasingly technical. For example, children love to plant so partnering a large agricultural center with local elementary schools would be a good and appropriate fit. As children age in middle school they could be trained in all aspects of water like simple plumbing, water storage,clean water techniques, filtration and later water borne diseases and parasites.

In high school, students could be involved in higher order technical businesses like computer building and repair, medical systems and organization, public health information issues etc. or a school catchment area could pick one theme and children from that area are involved in learning about all aspects of a business. For example, veterinary services. Elementary children can learn about all aspects of animal care. How to wash your cow, how to clean its stall, how to keep its hooves clean. How to identify foot rot. What to feed your cow? In middle school kids learn about animal diseases and how to maintain cow herds to yield more profit. In high school, students learn veterinary science and care. This continuity would turn out many verterinarians or at least serve as a basis for other science oriented careers. The products of the school using an initial start up investment, could be sold at the school site. All profits should be funneled back into school equipment and education. As businesses/schools become successful and expand, the profit should be funneled into needed services, such as a doctor and dental office, sewage etc. or used to help other rural populations. Profits should be invested in needed services and critical infrastructure projects. America is very good at establishing systems and organization. The important thing would be to keep a very tight grip on the purse strings so money isn't wasted through corruption and stupidity.....something Americans are not that good at!

OysterCracker
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United States
April 26, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

High Schools could promote an alternative tourism industry. Cheap eats and accomodation with fun and interesting cultural tours provided by students. SEE and EXPERIENCE a new culture from a TEENAGER'S PERSPECTIVE. Could be a winner!

Anna
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District Of Columbia, USA
April 23, 2010

Anna in Washington, DC writes:

Microcredit programs.

OysterCracker
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United States
April 25, 2010

Oyster C. in U.S.A. writes:

In America, you can't get a farm loan unless you're already a big farmer. This puts off small producers in Hawaii who could really profit from smaller scale agricultural and dairy industries to feed the islands poor population. There are many families who would like to farm that can't afford seeds, soil and fertiliser. This is a travesty because it makes poor people dependent on produce from expensive supermarkets that they can barely afford. This is especially true in Southern parts of the Big Island that are more isolated, where there are few services, soil is at a minimium and distances to Kona and Hilo are far. Hawaiians should have ample access to cheap credit so that they can build their own food industries and stop relying on expensive cargo imported food.

ningrowley
April 26, 2010

N.G. writes:

Wow, I was disappointed about this article in entrepreneurship basically covering Muslim's activities. MY first thought was, why not a Summit of Entrepreneurship of all the minority business in the world both the existing and the starters, etc. Then I read on the comments by O.C., and I was riveted by his writing of ideas. It what I always thought the whole world should be applying to practice/study in school from nursery age on up. Why, by the time those kids graduate high school they should be considered top notch and functional not mention a good source of tax payers. As it is right now, we can't even hire any high school graduate that know how to read tape measuring device for construction jobs. It's because the kids at school are being confused by the systems. It is a sad situation. To O.C., keep on writing about the subject hopefully the systems will adopt it and put it to work. It can't hurt, they tried everything else and failed, why not try your idea.

OysterCracker
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United States
April 26, 2010

O.C. in U.S.A. writes:

Thanks, N.C.

Education primarily early education is something I feel passionate about. The State Department shouldn't hire people to set up early education centers as they have OysterCracker who knows what early childhood excellent education is all about. The problem in America is that education is all about form but it has no substance. We lose generations of children who won't study science because they are so turned off to it by kindergarten. If you excite children to learn at a young age you ensure generations of knowledgeable children. Children are excited when their teachers are excited. It's difficult to fake genuine interest, something many teachers lack. Education is a universal language that evryone understands. Telling someone that you believe in them so much that you'll invest in their future is a very unifying force.

Flavius
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Virginia, USA
April 30, 2010

Flavius in Virginia writes:

What are "innovative examples" of "overcoming challenges" to "foster a culture of entrepreneurship?"

This sounds like a quiz, not a call for new ideas. And all that jargon! Makes my eyes glaze over. Maybe the question should have been phrased this way:

What new things can people do to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship?

Or, better yet:

What can we do to encourage a culture of entrepreneurship?

Sometimes everything old is new again.

Thanks.

palgye
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South Korea
April 30, 2010

Palgye in South Korea writes:

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Thank You.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
April 30, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

I'm afraid the Dipnote bloggers arn't exactly going to get the answer they expected when posting this question of the week.

A little drum-roll please for the contextual application of reality...

The whole world is comming unglued, and it's going to take some real inovative and creative approaches to avoid war between the Koreas, or in the Mideast (Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Israel...)

And we all know that historicly, the US gets dragged kicking and screaming into every major international conflict since WW1 as a result of standing up for our friends, and some things will never change.

Like trying to avoid the subject by saying, "It's not you're with us or against us, it's we've got a lot of buisiness to do."

I said recently that "It's not you're with us or against us, it's your with us or get out of the way"...and the Secretary's right...we have buisiness to take care of.

I don't think she meant that in the same context I do.

Now if folks want to get inovative in problem solving to foster a good buisiness climate among nations and peoples, I have one that will make headlines...

See the way I figure it, after all the testimony before Congress on Iran's provision of weapons and munitions to taliban , AQI, and others that are killing and wounding our citizens who are doing their best to help other nations stand on their own feet against these enemies, and noting that these decisions are made at the highest levels of the Iranian government...let's go ahead and issue Aminidijad a visa, and give him a free vacation to Gitmo and an orange jump suit to wear while we're at it..

Our host nation obligations to the UN only go so far to provide diplomatic immunity and I propse we put those obligations to the test in a way that lets everyone know we mean buisiness and we intend to take care of buisiness and that folks are either with us in promoting good buisiness or they can be contained, isolated and put out of buisiness. As an example of why it is you don't want to stand in the way of good global buisiness by promoting war among nations, and fostering terrorism.

Now the Iranians have three hikers that need to be released one way or another, and I would expect them returned in short order to avoid US prosecution of their President.

Be about the only way they could plea-bargain for him and we don't negotiate with terrorists.

And the point here is to make a point that America is willing to go after the leadership of state sponsors of terror, and put them on trial facing execution.

I don't know a better way to promote honest buisiness among the family of nations.

So I hope I've given the Secretary some food for thought in all of this, that words do have to mean something, and promoting good buisiness and a climate for peace and prosperity depends on that.

So let's get busy.

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