Michał Dżoga, Corporate Affairs Manager at Intel Corporation
Throughout the many years of fostering youth entrepreneurial learning from a corporate perspective, our company always followed a line of focus that fell within our main area of expertise. Intel, as the largest worldwide computer chip maker, is always looking for the impact that technology has on our everyday lives. What role does technology play in today’s entrepreneurial boom?
Prof Thomas Cooney, Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Dublin Institute of Technology
One of the great myths surrounding entrepreneurship is that it is concerned solely with the creation of a new business, and by extension the generation of wealth for the entrepreneur who established it.
Emilian Pavel, Member of the European Parliament
I believe that youth entrepreneurship is not only an opportunity, but also a duty for Europe.
It is our chance to pull young people out of a desperate situation created by a devastating economic crisis, and give them not only the means to find employment, but also the means to generate more quality jobs and drive growth all over Europe.
Jared Penner, Manager of Global Engagement and Evaluation, CYFI
In addition to its effect on confidence in European financial markets, the 2008 economic downturn also shook the already weak confidence Europe had in entrepreneurship. In 2010, only 28.1 % of Europeans thought it was feasible to start a business within the next 5 years (a figure which dropped from 31.4% in 2007). However, in 2014, 99% of European private enterprises were micro, small and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs). In the past five years, they have created around 85% of new jobs and provided two-thirds of the total private sector employment in the EU.
Christian Vintergaard, CEO The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship – Young Enterprise
The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship works to ensure that the ability to be innovative becomes a fundamental element in all educations from primary school to PhD level. This is not an easy task, and to succeed with it, a large network of engaged stakeholders to facilitate and aid the process is necessary.