I was asked to deliver a keynote and conduct a workshop at Curaçao’s first Global Entrepreneurship Week. It was hosted and organized by Fundashon Negoshi Pikina, a non-profit that runs the island’s Junior Achievement program.
It was a wonderful opportunity to participate with GEW outside of Charlotte; as a matter of fact, as an inaugural effort, Curacao topped our city’s activity – so we need to step up our game. It also served as a gateway for a not-too-distant-future collaboration between our respective organizations around entrepreneurship, innovation and youth workforce development.
The workshop that I presented was a based on a hacking of the book, The $100 Startup, by Chris Guillebeau, which is a very accessible and practical guide to launching a business based on what really moves you.[/dropshadowbox] The level of involvement was gratifying, especially since the material required a fair amount of translation into Papiamento. It is one of the few Creole languages of the Caribbean that has survived, and is the principal language spoken in Dutch Caribbean islands, ABC islands, of the Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.
This video is a bit of a recap of some of my insights of GEW Curaçao: