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Entretien avec le professeur Jon Fjeld

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Jon Fjeld

Le 22 octobre, Geneviève Fioraso, Ministre français de l’enseignement supérieur, a annoncé le lancement d’un plan d’action pour accompagner la création d’entreprises auprès des étudiants et des jeunes diplômés. A cette occasion, nous avons interrogé le Professeur Jon Fjeld, Directeur du Centre pour l’Entrepreneuriat et l’Innovation de Fuqua School.

Q) Pensez-vous que le statut d’étudiant-entrepreneur puisse être un levier de croissance pour la France ? Est-ce que ce type de dispositif existe aux Etats-Unis ?

Je ne connais aucun dispositif similaire ici aux Etats-Unis. Mais le rôle du gouvernement en matière d’éducation est différent aux Etats-Unis et il serait plus difficile pour les autorités fédérales de prendre ce type d’initiative.

Ce programme est un premier pas pour favoriser l’entrepreneuriat chez les jeunes français, cependant un moyen encore plus efficace serait de supprimer les barrières qui entravent la création d’entreprises en réduisant les coûts pour les start-up par exemple. L’efficacité gouvernementale se mesure aux moyens mis en œuvre pour faciliter l’accès à l’entrepreneuriat. Ce statut est donc une première étape, mais n’est pas, à mon sens, une solution complète et pérenne.

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Entrepreneurs: a discussion with Professor Jon Fjeld

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Professor John Fjeld

The French government recently launched a student entrepreneur programme to create an environment and culture conducive to entrepreneurs. It introduces a series of measures including social security and private healthcare rights and cash prizes for innovation. We sat down with Professor Jon Fjeld, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and asked him for his thoughts on this approach and entrepreneurship in general.

Q) Do you think the French government’s new student-entrepreneurship status could really bring growth to France and Europe?

Small programs like this can have a small effect. The most effective action that governments can take is to reduce barriers to entrepreneurship – reducing start-up costs for example. The action in France is a small step in the right direction, but it isn’t a complete solution.

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Croatia: From Conflict Zone to EU Member

Professor Sasa Pekec

Professor Sasa Pekec

Croatia became the 28th member state of the European Union as of July 1. This was the first EU enlargement since 2007, and occurred at a time when there were multiple voices across Europe reexamining the costs and benefits of the union.

Why would a country that recently fought a war for independence, voluntarily and deliberately want to give up some of its sovereignty and risk potentially damaging economic costs in order to join the European Union at the time of its biggest crisis? And why would the EU want to accept a new member country stuck in a recession, while multiple member nations are struggling to cope with their own economic woes? A simplistic answer is that there is no viable alternative in the long run.

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