The US$ about 2 billion strong Kauffman Foundation, through its unit, GET, and Thailand Joint Foreign Chamber of Commerce, is to highlight cutting edge Thai female entrepreneur in a global show-case.
The Bangkok Post reports: “Thailand is in a unique position to lead development in the region due to its female entrepreneurship, says the non-profit organisation Global Entrepreneurship Thailand (GET). The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor lists only seven countries — Panama, Thailand, Ghana, Ecuador, Nigeria, Mexico and Uganda — where female involvement in business is equal to that of men, said GET president Steve Cheah. “We could have female entrepreneurs in Malaysia and Singapore, but they will not have the same kind of backing Thailand provides,” he said during an interview with the Bangkok Post.”
About Kauffman Foundation and GET:
Established in 2011, GET is a privately funded working group, part of the Kauffman Foundation. Its goal is to promote entrepreneurship using the right ethical practices and showcase Thai entrepreneurship to the world.
Established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo., and is among the largest private foundations in the United States with an asset base of approximately $2 billion. Created and endowed by Ewing Marion Kauffman (1916-1993), a successful pharmaceutical entrepreneur, baseball team owner and philanthropist Focused on education and entrepreneurship. Our vision is to foster a society of economically independent individuals who are engaged citizens in their communities. In service of this vision, we focus our grant making and operations on two areas — education and entrepreneurship — which our founder, Ewing Kauffman, saw as two ends of a continuum. A quality education is the foundation for self-sufficiency, preparing young people for success in college and in life. Many young adults will work in businesses started by entrepreneurs. Some will become entrepreneurs themselves, providing jobs and wealth for society.
“We want to assemble a group of female entrepreneurs who have been successful in their field and promote female entrepreneurial development on the global stage,” said Mr Cheah. “We have to identify these individuals and launch an initiative, sometime in November during Global Entrepreneur Week.” He said GET plans to organise a round table led by female entrepreneurs in Thailand , hopefully by March 2015. A the event, they will look at issues that are unique to Thailand as well as to Asean in general. GET’s agenda receives support from the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT).