Entrepreneurship: The Game
January 19, 2006
As a champion of entrepreneurship, I can only applaud the charitable Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, headed by Carl Schramm, which gives away $70 million per year to promote entrepreneurship around the world.
One of its most interesting projects is Hot Shot Business (http://www.hotshotbusiness.com). Hot Shot Business is the result of a partnership with the edutainment arm of Walt Disney. It allows millions of budding entrepreneurs to open their own pet spa, skateboard factory, landscape-gardening business or comic shop in Opportunity City. Players start marketing campaigns; change products, services and prices and respond to demanding customers and big events.
Hopefully all these entrepreneurs will be more open to risk and help us save ourselves from the creeping bureaucracy and risk aversion that is becoming increasingly prevalent in developed countries – including, I am afraid to admit, the United States.