Entrepreneurship and education in America
Students, teachers and alumni from across the US are participating in a blog post about entrepreneurship in America.
The post, entitled “What is entrepreneurship?” was written by students at Harvard University and is being shared by students and alumni across the country.
“The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in America,” the post says.
“Entrepreneurs don’t need to be a professional athlete or a college graduate to create a career.
They need to know how to think, learn, work, and create their own opportunities.”
Entrepreneur David Mazzarella, one of the authors of the post, told Al Jazeera that while the US has not had a national entrepreneurial program in many years, he believes the country is moving in the right direction.
“We’re at the beginning of a great new wave of entrepreneurship,” Mazzeria said.
“It’s going to be very exciting to see what it looks like.”
While the US economy is already in its fifth decade of economic expansion, Mazzaria noted that the country’s economy is still largely in the hands of a handful of very well-paid professionals, who earn an average of $250,000 (£160,000) a year and are responsible for roughly 80% of total US GDP.
“It’s an incredible amount of money and a lot of pressure,” he said.
“There’s a lot more pressure on the rest of us.
We’ve got to get over that.”
And the pressure we’re feeling right now, it’s definitely affecting us.
“In an interview with Al Jazeera, Mrazarella said that the US’s recent economic downturn has impacted entrepreneurship more than any other sector of the economy.”
This is a recession that has hit the US especially hard.
Mazzeria added that the recession had a knock-on effect on entrepreneurship, saying that it has hurt both small businesses and big companies.””
When you’re in a recession, you’re at a disadvantage.”
Mazzeria added that the recession had a knock-on effect on entrepreneurship, saying that it has hurt both small businesses and big companies.
“Small businesses are in a precarious position,” he explained.
“And for a lot people, it feels like they’ve been crushed.
So it’s really important that the government comes in and provides support for these small businesses.”
The recession also had an impact on entrepreneurship in general, Mazarella said, as it meant that more and more people were starting companies.”[Entreprenereses] are starting businesses that were not expected to take off,” he continued.
“I think it’s been very tough for entrepreneurs to find a place to work that’s affordable.”
People are starting to think of these businesses not as a job, but as a way to make money.
“Entreprenees have been working with a lot less government support than they would have otherwise, and they’re finding that a lot harder.”
Entrepeneurs, Mazeras said, were also in the midst of an economic recovery, as the economy has been in recovery mode since the summer of 2009.
“I think that’s really the big turnaround that we’ve seen, particularly for small business,” he added.
“Because a lot, it was a big recovery, and it was really hard to get back on track.”