Good morning, everybody.
It is a real pleasure for me to be with you today for this School Entrepreneurship Fair. I want to thank the American Chamber of Commerce and its members for once again lending their support to this important event. They recognize that the young people here today are the business leaders of tomorrow, and that events like this can inspire them to do great things. I also want to thank the teachers and school administrators who have worked so hard to help these students build the skills that will enable them to succeed. Finally, I want to thank the parents who give their children the love and support they need to ensure that they have a bright future.
By participating in today’s School Entrepreneurship Fair, you are joining students, young entrepreneurs, and government officials from 150 countries around the world in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship this month. I hope you will all take the opportunity to meet with students from the other schools, and ask them questions about their businesses. You will be amazed at how much you can learn from each other!
As you students grow your businesses, or start new businesses, think about what tools you have and how you can use them better. But remember too, that you do not need the latest fancy technology to be an innovator. Many of the most important businesses have been developed by ordinary people looking at ordinary problems in extraordinary ways. As I have visited with businesses and young entrepreneurs here, I have been impressed by how Nicaraguans are developing new products and new solutions in every sector, from agriculture to consumer products to manufacturing. Innovation can and is happening everywhere, and you can be a part of it.
There is a lot going on right here in Nicaragua in connection with Global Entrepreneurship Week. The U.S. Embassy arranged for 20 young entrepreneurs from all over the country to participate in INDE’s Junior Achievement Congress, we celebrated Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, and supported Peace Corp’s National Entrepreneurship Competition. In the past five years, we have worked with Nicaraguans to train nearly 2,500 youth leaders in business and civil society, many of whom are now in leadership roles in their organizations. We look forward to continuing our cooperation in support of entrepreneurship. And we look forward to you joining the ranks of leaders and business owners here in Nicaragua.
I would like to leave you with some words from one of America’s most successful and famous entrepreneurs. Steve Jobs was the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Apple, the company that has brought us so many popular technology products – iPads, iPhones, MacIntosh computers, the list goes on and on. Steve Jobs once said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
I hope that this School Entrepreneurship Fair has helped you all to find work that you love, and that this fair will start you on the road to a successful business career.
Thank you, and good luck to all of you.
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