Entrepreneurial nation needs to start in schools: Microsoft MD

25 Feb 2010

There is something about the way Microsoft Ireland managing director Paul Rellis describes Ireland’s way out of the economic morass that suggests while things aren’t perfect, things aren’t all bad either. His tone indicates urgency but also a kind of exasperation that, as a country, we need to select areas we’re good at and, fundamentally, we need to start believing in ourselves.

“The appetite is large for entrepreneurship, it needs to be. There are only a couple of things that are going to create 100,000 jobs or 50,000 jobs for the country for the next 10 to 20 years. Entrepreneurship is one of those dynamics that can create that scale of jobs and business,” he explains.

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By John Kennedy

Photo: The appetite for entrepreneurship is strong in Ireland says Microsoft managing director Paul Rellis. Almost 400 Irish companies entered the company’s BizSpark programme

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years