A safari of entrepreneurship in Colombia

Under this metaphor, gazelles, kangaroos, dolphins, and others fall within the definition we know today as "dynamic ventures". In Colombia, most ventures tend to be survival or necessity (mice), not dynamic. However, some instruments promote the increase of dynamic enterprises.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the 1970s, American economist David Birch used a metaphor from the animal kingdom to describe companies' diversity and impact.

According to him, micro-enterprises are like mice, there are many, but they do not grow and do not have an impact on the creation of new jobs.

Large companies are elephants; they move slowly and do not generate many new jobs. In contrast, young companies that grow rapidly and create more new jobs are gazelles.

Over time, this metaphor has been enriched with more animals, creating what Hugo Kantis calls "an entrepreneurial safari."

Kantis describes . . .

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