Encouraging downstream processing: industrial policy or resource nationalism?

Why is it crucial to consider downstream processing at this time? There has long been a discussion in economic policy circles about downstream processing, most notably in the context of central planning or mercantilism, as evidenced by the former Soviet Union. With the fall of the Soviet Union, the demise of central planning, and the dismal outcomes of industrial policy as it was implemented in both developed and developing nations during the 1970s and 1980s, it would have been simple to assume that this conversation had come to an end. It seemed reasonable to assume that recent history would have provided enough empirical proof to reassure even the most doubtful. Over the last three decades, global trade has expanded at an unprecedented rate, leading to a significant decline in poverty. This can be attributed, at least in part, to specialization and the dispersion of supply chains. Notably, global trade has outpaced global GDP growth, refuting the claims made by proponents of policies

How to Make Your Area a Great Place for Startups

The things you do as a business owner probably keep you very busy. As a founder, you will always have to put out fires, no matter how great you are or how close you are to starting your own business. Still, you should always find time to build not only your business but also the community around it, even if you have a huge workload. This blog post will show you that building a local startup community is not as hard as it seems and can help you and your startup in many ways.

Do you want to make your area a better place for startups? Today is the day to become a Founder Institute Director!

Why you should make your local startup ecosystem stronger It's important to think about why you want to help your local startup community before you start doing anything. Helping other business owners in your area can have many benefits for you, your company, and other people as well.

Business owners will save the economy.

Nate Olson and Cameron Cushman of the Kauffman Foundation write in Forbes about "Six Lessons for Building Startup Communities From the Founders of 1 Million Cups" that new businesses, not big ones, are what really create jobs in an economy. Giving your fellow business owners a hand will not only help your own but also the local economy.

It's Good to Help Others.

You've probably been through your fair share of hardship and loss as you've tried to start your own business. But if you get more involved in the startup community and talk to people who work at local startups, you can learn a lot about the problems that come up when you're trying to build a tech company.

It is a simple way to set up your support system.

Remember that you couldn't have gotten where you are today without help, even if you're an experienced business owner who has run many great startups. One more good thing about being active in your startup community is that you can meet other founders who can help you and your business grow in the future.

Plan out the ecosystem for your startup.

Learning about all the business action going on around you is the first thing you should do to build your startup ecosystem. You may need to do some study for this, but it will help you plan your next steps much better. Getting to know your area and how to use it to make your startup successful is going to be very important. It will also help you build your network, which is important for setting up the environment in a way that makes money for startups. Another important part of setting up the right infrastructure in your area is making a map of your startup community. In order for your environment to fail, you need to make sure that your infrastructure is set up correctly. As Founder Institute Director and a key ecosystem leader in Montreal, Sergio Escobar remembers the early days of the city's startup ecosystem when he tried to build it without laying the right foundations.

This is the main reason why you need to make a map of your startup group. This is the first thing that needs to be done to build a strong, long-lasting foundation. We have an open source tool for this called the Startup Ecosystem Canvas that you can use to make a good map of your community with the help of your community and the Founder Institute. Here are the steps you need to take.

Find busy meetup groups that deal with technology and business.

Find out which business groups in your city are currently offering programs, such as the Founder Institute, Startup Weekend, tech conferences, and so on. Find out if there are any private investors or venture capitalists in your area.Find reporters and news outlets in your area that cover topics related to startups.

Keep an eye on great startups that are already operating in your area.

Make a list of the technology-related colleges, universities, and other schools in your area that are open for business.Meet people who share your interests.It's not a surprise that where you live has a big effect on your progress. This is the reason why people who want to be artists or fashion designers move to New York or Hollywood. In the same way, people who want to be great business owners tend to go to places where they have a better chance of making money. What will happen to the millions of people who can't move to Silicon Valley? MIT Technology Review says that innovation hubs are growing around the world in places like London, Bangalore, Beijing, Skolkovo, and Skolkovo. In fact, not being close to Silicon Valley lets other would-be entrepreneurs avoid having to move and gives them the chance to make their own equally successful startup communities.

This is why you should build a business network in your area:

Problems and answers that everyone can use.Most likely, you're not the only one looking for a network with the same goals and view. People who help others are a valuable resource that entrepreneurs know. Helping each other out makes it easier to find answers to problems.

Accessibility lets things grow. Finding a place to meet is also part of building a network. Over 100 entrepreneurs from all over the country showed up at Borys Musielak's housewarming party out of the blue. This made him understand that his area didn't have a place where entrepreneurs could meet. People with new ideas rushed to his old-fashioned house to work on them right away.

Do Well and Fail Together

When you're around people who are trying to reach their goals, you will see both their successes and failures firsthand. If you want to learn something in-depth, you don't have to learn it the hard way.

Wise people are just as valuable as rich people.

For Musielak, getting more successful meant having a bigger network. Foreign investors started to come to the monthly meetings because there were so many smart and bright business people and new ideas. People who want to be successful tend to draw other people who want to do the same.


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