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Despite this, in November 2014, a group of Turks traveled to Armenia for Startup Weekend, an event where aspiring entrepreneurs hone and pitch their ideas to investors and experts.Entrepreneurship has become a catalyst for progress in similarly thorny situations worldwide.A former U.S. State Department official who set up the Global Entrepreneurship Program in 2009, Koltai describes entrepreneurship as a "job-creating machine".Entrepreneurs create new things that in turn create consumer demand for those things.Entrepreneurs themselves, however, do not depend on innovation or technology.An Argentine, Jordanian, Malaysian or Spaniard who can visualize and create thriving global demand for a product or service – just as Spain's Amancio Ortega did with Zara – is just as much an entrepreneur as the next Bill Gates is.More than 30 percent of the region's population – over 100 million people – is aged 15-29, and a significant number of these young people are unemployed.Similarly, entrepreneurship is not just a commercial or economic option for diplomats and policymakers.
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