One of the areas where economic development can be leveraged is in developing the entrepreneurs involved in starting business ventures. According to Harvard Business School; “If failure means liquidating all assets, with investors losing most or all the money they put into the company, then the failure rate for start-ups is 30-40 %. However if failure refers to failing to see the projected return on investment, then the failure rate is 70 to 80 percent.”
Preparing and supporting new business leaders is crucial to improving the odds of success. As in agricultural development, preparing the ground before planting increases the harvest; so preparing the entrepreneurs through education can increase the business yield. There are many programmes created by government that help individuals to become entrepreneurs. However often the focus is on “schooling” and not through the personal, first-hand experiences, of the type that Nelson can provide.