Entrepreneur profile - Omar
My name is Omar and I’m a 23 year old student studying Electrical Engineering at the public university in La Paz. I wake up at 5:00 AM every morning to deliver the newspaper across various neighbourhoods in our Capital. I earn only $56 US a month, which allows me to cover the costs of my studies and lunch every day. I come from a poor family and my parents do not make enough money themselves to maintain our family.
I became aware of Global Entrepreneurship Week through a friend and decided to get involved as a volunteer because I dream of having my own business in the future, and was delighted by the idea of learning more about becoming an entrepreneur. I rapidly got involved with the group and offered my design skills, which is my real passion. I was soon responsible for designing various marketing materials that we used to promote the Week. After my experience with the campaign, I am much more confident that I can run my own design business and I have already signed up a couple of new clients.
Country profile - Poland
The “Open Company” project, coordinated by the Junior Achievement Foundation, was the largest event of the Week. As part of the project, 66,700 children and teenagers visited 1403 different companies to take a closer look at their operations and gain valuable enterprise experience. The young people involved represented 614 schools, which received in total 1356 separate entrepreneurship lessons.
Other events during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Poland included various conferences and workshops, an online stock-exchange game, fashion shows, a Monopoly Tournament and a City Parade for the Entrepreneurial.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Poland was supported by Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak and was coordinated by a coalition of organizations including the Youth Forum of the Polish Confederation of Private Employers Lewiatan, Junior Achievement Foundation, FOR Foundation, SAR Association of Marketing Communication, University of Information Technology and Management in Rzesnow.
Global Entrepreneurship Week Argentina involved more than 140 events taking place in 9 provinces across the country. The British Embassy in Buenos Aires also contributed to the Week at the public opening and by hosting a closing reception.
Andrew Jackson, the British Chargé, who keynoted at the launch of GEW Argentina at the University of Buenos Aires, spoke of Gordon Brown’s vision in launching first Enterprise Week and now Global Entrepreneurship Week, of the need now – more than ever –for young entrepreneurs, of the importance of entrepreneurs in the global economy, the particularly powerful part women entrepreneurs can play and the opportunities opening up to all entrepreneurs in new technologies such as climate change.
Other events included a seminar in the Patagonian Province of Chubut entitled “To Fail is to Become Successful”, in Buenos Aires a conference exploring opportunities in the new technologies of biofuels, and workshops across the country designed to help entrepreneurs take their ideas from paper and put them into action.
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