Our narrow view of entrepreneurs squanders talent

Following his speech at the Inaugural Centre for Entrepreneurship Annual Lecture on 27 November, Eric Schmidt shares his views on a new definition for entrepreneurship and makes the case for empowering scientists, teachers as well as civil servants.

For our societies to make the greatest progress, we must empower all of these entrepreneurs. This is how Britain led the world through previous economic and technological transitions, from the Industrial Revolution to the rise of the worldwide web. It enabled talented people in all walks of life to pursue audacious visions that made life better.

When looking to invest or to hire, leaders in industry, government and organisations should begin by asking a tough set of questions. How are you looking to work with entrepreneurial talent in disciplines and industries outside your own? How will you work with scientists, academics and tech start-ups? How will you work with innovators in non-technical roles, and people who are trying to solve the social challenges of technology?

As Britain and Europe embark on a new chapter of political and economic history, isn’t it time to embrace a new definition of entrepreneurship to unleash the full potential of the continent’s creativity and talent?

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