Who better to learn from than someone who's been there?

We asked some of last year's World Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists what it takes to build a company from scratch and how governments can encourage entrepreneurship.

What does it take to build a high-growth company from scratch?

  • Mikael Hed: Rovio Entertainment, Finland
  • Dani Reiss: Canada Goose, Canada
  • Marcos Galperin: MercadoLibre, Argentina
  • Henrik Sørensen: DESMI A/S, Denmark
  • Ashraf Abu Issa: Abu Issa Holding, Qatar
  • Dirk Coorevits: Soudel, Belgium

How can governments encourage

  • Thomas Meyer: Desigual, Spain
  • Marcos Galperin: MercadoLibre, Argentina
  • Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede: Aig-Imoukhuede, Nigeria
  • Reid Hoffman: LinkedIn Corp., USA