GEW Sierra Leone 2018

Articles, Get in the Ring, GEW
GEW Sierra Leone 2018   Global Entrepreneurship Week (“GEW” or “the Week”) is a large-scale campaign that is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. It occurs each November in more than 160 countries through roughly 25,000 events and 9 million participants – celebrating entrepreneurs, supporting entrepreneurial activity and fostering a greater understanding of the importance of entrepreneurship to innovation and economic growth. GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.…
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Enabling the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Sierra Leone.

Articles
The term ‘ecosystem’ in a business context was coined by Moore (1993) in an article where he argued that businesses do not evolve as isolated entities but develop through interaction with suppliers, financiers and customers. Stam (2015) proposed entrepreneurial ecosystems are “a set of interdependent actors and factors coordinated in such a way that they enable productive entrepreneurship”. An Entrepreneurship Ecosystem is ‘a set of interconnected entrepreneurial actors (both potential and existing), entrepreneurial organisations (e.g. firms, venture capitalists, business angels and banks), institutions (universities, public sector agencies and financial bodies) and entrepreneurial processes, which formally and informally coalesce to connect, mediate and govern the performance within the local entrepreneurial environment’. Entrepreneurship Ecosystems facilitate the creation of environments conducive to collaboration, synergy, networking and internationalisation. They further encourage and spur innovation. Evidence shows that…
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Digital Disruption:- A game changer in Sierra Leone

Articles, Ecosystem
"Disruptive innovation is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice." Pwc The World Economic Forum states: "Africa is no longer looking to the rest of the world for their answers. Instead, they are creating their own through disruptive and transformative technologies. And many of these have the potential to answer global challenges around big topics such as financial inclusion, risk and compliance and land rights". A good definition of digital disruption is the change that occurs when new digital technologies and business models affect the value proposition of existing goods and services. It can happen in an entire business or an whole industry. Schumpeter distinguished between “replicative” entrepreneurs, who enter a market and make incremental improvements to compete, and “innovative” entrepreneurs, who upset or disrupt entire business…
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Global Entrepreneurship Index- Sierra Leone 132/137. What can we do to improve our position

Global Entrepreneurship Index- Sierra Leone 132/137. What can we do to improve our position

Articles, GEI
This is a follow up to the article published on January 9th 2018. The Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) is a composite indicator of the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in a given country. The entrepreneurship ecosystem is the important factor here. I have written several pieces in this newspaper advocating for a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem in Sierra Leone. In order for entrepreneurship and innovation to play the crucial in creating jobs and growing our economy, we need to develop value creating  and high growth entrepreneurs. (more…)
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