On Friday, Vice President Biden swore in Suzi LeVine as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. To honor American innovation and entrepreneurship, Ambassador LeVine chose to become the first U.S. Ambassador to take take the oath of office over a copy of the Constitution on an electronic device.

On Friday, Vice President Biden swore in Suzi LeVine as the U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein. To honor American innovation and entrepreneurship, Ambassador LeVine chose to become the first U.S. Ambassador to take take the oath of office over a copy of the Constitution on an electronic device.

The United States is committed to supporting entrepreneurs to achieve their potential and implement the big ideas that will create greater prosperity for us all in the 21st century.  What have we committed to?  Watch this video to find out and share it with anyone you know whose small business idea could become the next big idea for the world.

Are you interested in starting your own business?  Find out government and the private sector are working together to promote global entrepreneurship in an exclusive Q&A with Priceline cofounder Jeff Hoffman Thursday at 11:00 EST: www.facebook.com/usdos Start asking your questions now!

Secretary Kerry listens to a student explain an entrepreneurial project. Later, the Secretary attended an ASEAN Young Leaders meeting in Brunei. His opening remarks included the following message to the region’s youth:

“Sixty-five percent of ASEAN is under the age of 35 years old, so when you think about that, the future really belongs to you. You’re going to define it, and you’re going to live it, and what happens - whether it’s issues like human trafficking or environmental degradation or climate change or economic growth – are fascinating, challenging, and they are really the heart of public life and of the social fabric of each of your countries. … I’m here for a U.S.-ASEAN Summit today, and tomorrow we have an East Asia Summit. We’re going to be talking about the future and talking about the security concerns. So what do you see? I’d like to know what you see now as the greatest challenges. What do you want people in my position to be thinking about? What should we be trying to achieve together?”

Help choose the next generation of innovators! Now through August 22, YOU can vote for the best ideas in science and technology from young entrepreneurs in 54 countries. The ‪Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative will announce the 30 applicants who go to the final round to compete for prizes, and receive mentorship and training from global leaders. Find out how to vote on DipNote!

Help choose the next generation of innovators! Now through August 22, YOU can vote for the best ideas in science and technology from young entrepreneurs in 54 countries. The ‪Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative will announce the 30 applicants who go to the final round to compete for prizes, and receive mentorship and training from global leaders. Find out how to vote on DipNote!

Join a Google+ Hangout on Global Youth Issues April 4

Why are youth-led innovation and entrepreneurship important to diplomacy? Find out Thursday, April 4 at 9:00 a.m. EDT during a Google+ Hangout with the U.S. Department of State’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues Zeenat Rahman and young innovators from the United States, Ghana, and Egypt. You can watch the hangout on the State Department’s Google+ page or YouTube channel. Join the conversation by submitting questions now on the State Department’s Google+ page or on Twitter to @Zeenat using #GlobalYouth.

Support for Entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment Among U.S. Priorities in South and Central Asia

Afghan women gather during the opening ceremony of the Sahar Gul net cafe, the first internet cafe for women, opened in Kabul, Afghanistan, March 8, 2012. [AP File Photo]

About the Author: Robert Blake serves as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs.

Rabia Mariam is a businesswoman who employs an all-women workforce to manufacture scarves and rugs from silk, cotton-silk blend, and wool in Mazar-e-Sharif, in northern Afghanistan. Working with the USAID IDEA-NEW program, she employs nearly 1,000 women — many of them widows. Many of these Afghan women raise silkworms at home and boil cocoons, and go to weaving centers to weave the scarves and other handicrafts. Rabia’s work is bringing economic opportunity and hope to Afghan women.

I had the privilege of meeting Rabia and learning about her work at the South Asia Women’s Entrepreneurship Symposium, which was held in Dhaka, Bangladesh last month. The event exemplifies several of our bureau’s highest priorities… more »

Entrepreneurs from Around the World Engage in GIST Technology-Idea (Tech-I) Competition

Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides meets with young entrepreneurs from the State Department-sponsored Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Jonathan Margolis serves as Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science, Space, and Health in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.

Why would 30 young entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East travel to Dubai for the second annual Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative Technology Idea (Tech-I) competition? Certainly, the top prize of $25,000 may have had something to do with it, but that was not the only factor. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides said it best in his keynote speech at the third Global Entrepreneurship Summit. He explained, “Our Global Innovation through Science and Technology program, or GIST, runs start-up boot camps and business plan competitions to spark creativity and inspire young entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams.”

GIST is funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented in partnership with CRDF Global. It has reached over one million youths with tools and resources to spark new businesses. GIST has trained over 2,500 startups… more »

Young Middle East and North African Entrepreneurs Gather in Dubai

Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides meets with young entrepreneurs from the State Department-sponsored Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative on the sidelines of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, December 12, 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Andy Rabens is the Special Advisor for Youth Engagement in the Bureau of Near East Affairs, Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs.

What is the common thread between a young man that launched an online hotel booking portal for tourists to the West Bank; a young woman who founded a Muscat-based Belgian-style chocolate company selling sweets made with local Omani sourced ingredients; and a young man who established a Lebanese “culture pass” that provides discounts to destinations at countless popular venues around the country? 

The answer: They are incredibly impressive and successful new additions to the burgeoning ranks of the Middle East region’s young entrepreneurs. In addition, they are three members of an equally accomplished delegation of 17 young entrepreneurs from the Middle East and North Africa — including the countries of Iraq, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Yemen, Libya, Oman, and Jordan — who… more »

Partnering To Promote Global Entrepreneurship

Last week, entrepreneurs from across the United States and around the globe were celebrated and lauded for their efforts to promote growth, innovation, and job creation at more than 40,000 events in 130 countries during the fifth annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). The White House and the State Department marked the week with the “Celebration of Global Entrepreneurship” event on November 15, which brought together an all-star cast of speakers to highlight the importance of global entrepreneurship; the role of government, youth, and diaspora in promoting entrepreneurship; skills building; enabling policy; and ensuring access to capital. Over 150 government, private sector, and diplomatic corps representatives joined the event at the White House and provided suggestions… more »