Ballooning over Cappadocia

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Ballooning over Cappadocia at sunrise. We counted 92 balloons.

Waking to the sound of  an alarm shouldn’t be part of any holiday. But this morning, the family is ballooning over Cappadocia.

It’s 4am. In 20 minutes, a minibus will pick us up from our cave hotel. In little over an hour, and before the sun has risen, we will be climbing towards Turkey’s rich and loyal blue skies. The air will be warm, clear and still. The views will be breathtaking. And then the sun will rise… [Read more...]

Making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

How Indonesian women are making a living on the road

Recent visits to the Far East as well as African continent have demonstrated that hitchhiking remains a popular means of transport.

But whilst dozens of people with outstretched thumbs lined my route from Uhmslanga to Durban, it was the mothers with babes on their backs, risking life and limb in the car-frenzied city of Jakarta, that really got my attention. I was to learn they were making a living on the road. [Read more...]

Why use business simulations?

Why use business simulations?

Why use business simulations?

Countless reports have been published (including latest by Lord Young) stating good entrepreneurship education requires experiential, hands-on learning. So you might think it would be easy to answer the question: Why use business simulations?

Engaging people so they make decisions, deal with risk and consequences as well as solve problems creates a rich learning environment. It certainly improves on the ‘expert’ speaking at a passive audience… [Read more...]

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

Film treasures all entrepreneurs should find

By accident, I recently discovered a powerful and uplifting film about global social entrepreneurship. Concerned I’d never heard about this brilliantly-made & influential production (See 1. Who Cares?), I decided to search the web to uncover other film treasures all entrepreneurs should find. What I found may stagger you…

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Can banks compete with crowdfunding?

 

Can banks compete with crowdfunding?

Can banks compete with crowdfunding?

Following a short interview at Cumbria’s ‘Wasdale Head Inn‘ I secured my first proper job in 1984 as a kitchen porter. Fresh out of school, my new hotel home was at the end of a long valley, 8 miles from the nearest shop and another 3 to the nearest town. And that’s where I found myself 2 week’s later having hitched the 11 miles so I could open my first bank account… [Read more...]

Start exporting: A practical guide

Start exporting - Global opportunities are out there

Start exporting – Global opportunities are out there

Building the SimVenture brand has involved little hitchhiking but much globe-trotting over the last 8 years.

In this time exporting has become a key revenue stream. So what’s been learnt and how can you start exporting and thus build your business? Here are my top 10 tips… [Read more...]

The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Asfaw Yemiru: The educational entrepreneur making a difference

Delight can quickly turn to frustration when an excellent new recruit, who is just settling into the post, decides to accept a job offer elsewhere. But occasionally, you know they’ve made the right decision… [Read more...]