Entrepreneurship and democracy are intertwined

Here's an interesting thought for the morning, inspired by Carl J. Schramm, the American economist, entrepreneur, and former President and CEO of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and often known as the "evangelist of entrepreneurship.” In his book, The Entrepreneurial Imperative, he reminds us that the movement that built the first national democracy was not triggered by an uprising of the masses; nor was it led by intellectual theorists demanding utopian change. It was led by entrepreneurs. This makes complete sense when you think that starting a business develops precisely the traits that make democracy work - independence, tremendous effort, self-discipline, collaboration, self-belief, and the recognition that you can only succeed by serving the needs of others.” Something to think about as the world and the African continent battle to achieve real democratic progress - perhaps the solution lies with entrepreneurs!