Developing African Entrepreneurs

Start with the Children

By Daniel Larson

It is a generally-accepted premise that stimulating entrepreneurship in developing countries can lead to economic growth, increasing innovation, and alleviation of poverty. Because of these potential benefits, a number of African nations have made efforts to create an “entrepreneur friendly” business environment. Governments have put an emphasis on making it easier to do business, providing better access to financing, and building communication and transportation infrastructures. Additionally, many entrepreneurship training programs have become available for those who may wish to form new businesses.

All of these actions are helpful but will they lead to the development of significantly more entrepreneurs?

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About Daniel Larson

Dan is a Managing Director with B2R and has spent the past year in Rwanda teaching financial analysis classes to finance professionals, conducting research on the benefits of childhood play activities, and helping to build a primary school in the Eastern Province. He is a retired investment banker who founded The EaglePoint Group, an investment banking firm that provided valuation and financial advisory services to corporations. During his 45 years of professional experience, Dan has worked with many entrepreneurs seeking venture capital financing, and he has additional experience in the areas of private placements, mergers, acquisitions and securities analysis. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in engineering from the University of Washington and his MBA in Finance from Stanford University. Dan has a deep interest in new early childhood development and education programs that could help to alleviate global poverty.

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