Helping Local Entrepreneurs Scale-Up their Business – An Interview with Dusan Duffek

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Helping Local Entrepreneurs Scale their Businesses Globally – An Interview with Dusan Duffek

Posted by European Heroes on Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The statistics are not in favor of entrepreneurial aspirations. Approximately 50 % of startups fail in the first four years of their existence. Dušan Duffek, who describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, knows what it takes to make it past the tipping point. Through his organisation he helps young entrepreneurs become more self-aware and ultimately also more successful.

In our talk with Dušan we wanted to find out what he thinks are the key skills needed to become an entrepreneur, and how can we foster a more entrepreneurial society.

What do you think is the main reason why some people don’t care about helping local businesses thrive?

This is a long-term game. No generation in the past has evolved fast, it has always taken many years until society in general understood the needs, aspirations and motivations of young people. It is no different from supporting young people nowadays in their entrepreneurial endeavors. Our society is still conservative as far as fostering entrepreneurial mind-set and supporting youngsters with development their crazy ideas and dreams go, but I am positive that this is just a matter of time, when both our society and public sector will realise that the biggest potential of our future generation can and will be utilized by active development of entrepreneurial skills and support with funding and building networks for young entrepreneurs.

If you were a political leader in your country for one day, what would you change about policies directed at entrepreneurs?

I would dedicate 50 million euros to support of young people and distribute this money among relevant organisations and startup communities that have what it takes to support crazy ideas of young aspiring entrepreneurs and develop them into viable businesses. Of course this sum is for my country only and would probably need to be spent in a limited time. 

Do you have a personal motto?

Only compare yourself with yesterday’s version of you.

What reading would you recommend to any starting activist or entrepreneur?


Start with why by Simon Sinek

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Startup Nation by Saul Singer

Podcasts & Videos:

How to Take Control of Your Reality | Isaac Lidsky on Impact Theory

How Seth Godin Manages His Life — Rules, Principles, and Obsessions

Full Speech: Jim Carrey’s Commencement Address at the 2014 MUM Graduation


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