The eighth edition of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, from October 19 to 22 in Hangzhou (China), rewarded five exceptional entrepreneurs for their impact on society and their ability to change the world.
In the “business” category, Timothy Draper: Founder of Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Draper University. USA
Tim Draper is founding partner of leading venture capital firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Venture successes include Skype, Overture, Baidu, Tesla, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Hotmail, Digidesign, Twitch.tv ... Tim also started BizWorld.org, a non-profit for children to learn entrepreneurship and Draper University of Heroes.
In the “social entrepreneur” category, Francesco Piazzesi Tommasi: Founder of “¡Échale! a tu casa” Mexico
Drawing upon years of experience in the housing industry, F. Tommasi is addressing the lack of decent housing for Mexicans at the bottom of the pyramid through ¡Échale! a tu casa. This auto-construction model is focused on community-based financing and construction of safe, ecologically friendly and adequate homes.
In the “educator” category, Pr. Wong Poh Kam: Director of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Entrepreneurship Centre. Singapore
Prof Wong is a Professor in Entrepreneurship at NUS Business School and Director of NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. Besides being a noted entrepreneurship scholar, he has pioneered several widely regarded entrepreneurship education programs and played a pivotal role in building a vibrant entrepreneurship support ecosystem in NUS and Singapore.
There are two winners in the “young entrepreneur” category: Bernice Dapaah from Ghana and Mao Jingxiang from China.
Bernice Dapaah is the Founder and Executive Director of Ghana Bamboo Bikes, a socioecological green initiative that addresses the problems of climate change, poverty, ruralurban migration and high unemployment in rural Ghana. It creates employment opportunities for youth through the building of second generation bamboo bikes for international export markets.
Mao Jingxiang is the Founder, Chairman & CEO of Hangzhou MIQ Technology Inc., one of the fastest developing companies in China. Mao Jingxiang made the 2015 list of Forbes China’s “entrepreneurship elite below 30,” the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Zhejiang Province, and the leading entrepreneurial talent of the National “2050” Plan.