In case you haven’t noticed, this past week was Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). What started off as a modest effort to inspire entrepreneurship has evolved into a massive global movement. According to the Kauffman Foundation, more than 7 million people will participate in entrepreneurship events across 130 countries. The idea is simple: build and strengthen local entrepreneurial ecosystems to nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs.
I participated in one of these events in Mexico City this week. At the Instituto Politecnico Nacional, I talked to several hundred high-school and college children about the opportunities that exist for them to solve the problems of Mexico—and the world—by becoming entrepreneurs. The children were enthusiastic and engaged. They were as motivated to succeed and to do good for the world as children I speak to in Palo Alto or Chapel Hill. But it was clear from the questions they asked that they lacked the confidence. They didn’t believe that they could become a Steve Jobs or Elon Musk.