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Entrepreneur profile: Kumutha Selvakumar

Kumutha Selvakumar from Chennai, south India, lost nearly everything after the 2004 tsunami. But with the help of a network led by Youth Business International, she has been able to get a new business off the ground.


 

Global Partner profile: Entrepreneurs' Organization 

Entrepreneurs’ Organization was founded with a basic idea: to learn from others.“It evolved out of a collegiate organization, the Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs,” said Dean Lindal, vice

president of EO. “A number of these individuals felt they still needed a peer group when they left

 school, because they felt they could learn most from a collective group of peers.”

While the first few years of the organization stuck to annual conferences, by 1990 the mission expanded to a chapter model, with the idea of growing into a global movement. The plan worked – since then they’ve grown at an average annual rate of 30 percent. Currently, there are over 7,500 members, in 120 cities, in 40 countries.

“Our vision is to be the most influential entrepreneurship community in the world and our mission is to engage leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow” Lindal said.

Read more about the organization and their planned involvement in GEW 2009.


 

Host profile:
Ali Fahim

In Morocco, Global Entrepreneurship Week 2008 got political.

Recognizing a lack of government involvement in the advancement of entrepreneurship, Ali Fahim, president of Centre des Jeunes Dirigeants d’Enterprise, the Moroccan Host for GEW, organized a summit of sorts.

“Our political parties are very traditional, and they are not true entrepreneurs,” Fahim said. “The real entrepreneurs do not belong to any political parties.”

So, Fahim worked to gather representatives of the six major political parties in the country and placed them in front of a group of young entrepreneurs to exchange ideas.

“We asked political parties to be representative of young entrepreneurs, not the old generation,” he said. “This was the first step and this was a very tough experience, because the audience asked a lot of questions about the political parties’ programs.”

The idea worked to achieve a cohesive political strategy to promote entrepreneurship freedom and education—what Fahim said will help catalyze an entrepreneurial mindset in the next generation.

Read more about Fahim and GEW in Morocco.


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