Developing entrepreneurial skills

Innovating entrepreneurship
Aiding potential entrepreneurship skills
Increasing effectiveness of entrepreneurs
Developing business innovation
Entrepreneurs are very creative individuals who open up opportunities and help create a vibrant, dynamic society. But the opportunities, the skills and motivation required in seizing those opportunities and the social acceptability of starting a business vary widely from country to country.

Entrepreneurs need certain conditions if they are to thrive. The education system has to nurture talent, there have to be venture capitalists willing to take risks and there should be large capital markets to reward success. Entrepreneurs also require a highly competitive, open local market and a society that celebrates entrepreneurial success. Local "pillar" companies are also a key factor. Companies such as Cisco, Nokia and Intel provide the shelter in which smaller companies can grow. Pillar companies provide investment and seed capital for new projects, create opportunities by outsourcing their R&D and offer joint marketing and OEM relationships, all of which help the growing small company. Large companies lose their entrepreneurial spirit when they stop tolerating dissent.

The development of Internet incubators also makes things easier for entrepreneurs. The incubators provide a business infrastructure and set of skills that an entrepreneur can tap into immediately, for example for marketing or product development.

The emergence of venture capital, attracted by high rewards, means that capital is no longer a bottleneck on the path to success for entrepreneurs. Now governments should do all they can to stimulate the wealth-creating entrepreneurs and make role models of them. And they should look again at taxation, as there is clear evidence that when taxes go up, investments in high-risk ventures fall by a factor of two. The education system has an important role to play and universities should nurture new elites, not reduce their intake to the lowest common denominator.

This strategy features in the framework of Agenda 21 as formulated at UNCED (Rio de Janeiro, 1992), now coordinated by the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development and implemented through national and local authorities.

The European Commission DG Enterprise publishes a leaflet on the implementation of the Action Plan to Promote Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness. This Action Plan brings together for the first time all aspects that have an impact on entrepreneurship and enterprises; that is new approaches in education, training and the workplace, easier access to finance and innovation, and better public administration. It was drawn up in response to the recommendations of the Business Environment Simplification Task Force (BEST) and was endorsed by the last Industry Council.

1. The rise of the entrepreneur is an indication that the American dream is being exported around the world. People want to better their lives. The winners in the technology business are the losers who do not give up. The downside is that because everyone wants to create their own business, it is hard to create larger, long-lasting companies.
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal