Overheard at GEC
Mar 30, 2010
There was so much going on at the GEC it was hard to catch it all. Check out some of the highlights overheard by the GEW Global Staff:
"Let’s just remind ourselves of one thing—entrepreneurship is a French word. Just five years ago my President came back from the US and said, 'This is ridiculous. I hear the word entrepreneur all around the world, but France is not recognized as entrepreneurs.'” -Caroline Cleary, Journee de l'Entrepreneur, France
"There was a survey of 1,000 random phones of people who had not participated in GEW to see if we had an impact—if people had heard of GEW. We found a20 percent increase in the awareness of government programs due to the Week, and 20 percent of the public were aware without participating. We will make Denmark one of the most entrepreneurial countries in the world through our work with GEW."
--Anders Hoffman, Ministry for Economic and Business Affairs, Denmark
"Global Entrepreneurship Week -- every week, every month, every year. It’s not a campaign for us, but a crusade."
--Dhakshinamoorthy "Dash" Balakrishnan, Warisan Global, Malaysia
"In Dubai, you can have an elevator pitch that’s 50 floors. In Bermuda, it’s 5, so we changed the name to Rocket Pitch."
--Joe Mahoney, Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative of Bermuda, about Bermuda's business plan competition for GEW 2009
"The world needs the Cleantech Open to shine a light on clean technology ideas and to help turn them into sustainable businesses."
--Rex Northern, Cleantech Open Ideas Competition
"An entrepreneur is someone who has a dream and works effortlessly to achieve that dream."
--Dr. Robert Richards, senior director of Dubai Men's College,
"Do it because you believe. Have passion and follow your heart. If someone says you can't do it that way, do it anyway."
--Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York