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For decades, entrepreneurship has been viewed as something risky and mysterious that only a few lucky mavericks could master. This perception has been fuelled by a public reverence for successful individuals, who seem to have had no formal training to which their entrepreneurial success could be attributed. Some educational institutions have also shunned or quashed entrepreneurship as a non-discipline, something unteachable and incongruous with traditional discipline-based courses.
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Whilst the significance of entrepreneurship for a country’s economy is rarely disputed, the much-debated question is whether entrepreneurship is an elusive and exclusive “talent” that is inherent in some, or whether it can be taught and therefore extended to a wider segment of the population who will contribute to the growth of its economy. But I believe that entrepreneurship can be taught and that it is a process that begins with rethinking its definition.
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by Justin Velez-Hagan, National Executive Director
A recent survey by Harris Interactive entitled The Youth Entrepreneurship Survey 2010, has proven exactly what The National Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce has known all along: young people crave entrepreneurial education and experience.
According to the survey, 40 percent of young people would like to start a business someday (does not include those who want to be a doctor, lawyer, accountant, or other professional occupation). But perhaps more revealing is the finding that more than half of those surveyed who know an entrepreneur are interested in owning or starting a business compared to less than one-third of those who have had no contact with an entrepreneur.
Although highly neglected in our educational system, entrepreneurship has one of the greatest impacts on our economy. Read the rest of this entry »