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Entrepreneurs are at the vanguard of the recovering global economy, but what pressures do they face? Is red tape becoming a burden - or are the banks still refusing to lend? How can mid-sized companies make that leap to national and international size? The FT’s Understanding Entrepreneurs series addresses these issues and more

The man behind India’s Kotak Mahindra Bank

Uday Kotak on his aspiration to establish a global institution that would go on to live forever


Jonathan Moules talks to the country winners of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards about the importance of founding companies
Uday Kotak on what it means to be the 2014 winner of the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year award.
Jennifer Riria on women in east Africa seeking to escape poverty

Colombia breaks away from traditional business mindset

The government has started to create programmes to help entrepreneurs who are responsible for developing anything from helpful apps to sattelites

Crowdfunding gives entrepreneurs cheaper and faster finance

Lending websites provided $3bn in 2013 up from $100m in 2007

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Uday Kotak wins the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards

The executive vice-chairman and managing director of Kotak Mahindra Bank

Blog: countdown to the awards

Jonathan Moules considers who should win the World Entrepreneur of the Year contest

Blog: what motivates entrepreneurs?

Jonathan Moules looks into what properties this year’s EY World Entrepreneur of the Year finalists have in common

FT Twitter Chat

Blog: impressions from the FT’s Twitter Q&A

Jonathan Moules says much of the discussion revolved around the challenge of how to encourage more women to build fast-growing global businesses

Blog: Women at back of grid in Monaco

It is sadly not surprising that the finalists at this year’s EY’s entrepreneur contest are overwhelmingly male

Innovators run into regulatory hurdles

By definition, innovations threaten the status quo and start-up companies often feel overburdened by regulations

Jennifer Riria, the entrepreneur who empowered Kenyan women

The group chief executive of Kenya Women Holding describes her humble beginnings and outlines her manifesto for African economic development

Tech start-ups to look out for

Four new technology companies that are making waves in and out of Silicon Valley

Kaufmann provides new focus at Leica

By investing in facilities and technical innovation former teacher Andreas Kaufmann has revived the German camera company

UK cities vie to become start-up hubs

UK cities have had to raise their game as entrepreneurs seek the best place to run their businesses

Barriers to market entry tumble down

Cheap technology and easier fundraising have lowered the cost of starting a business dramatically

Methodology and judging process

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year prize was founded in 1986 and takes in 150 cities in more than 60 countries

understanding entrepreneurs 2013

Victory for the American dream

Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish immigrant, has built a US dairy empire on hard work and gut instinct, discovers Jonathan Moules

Throw away the suit and know execution matters

People who are more concerned about dress code than substance are not worth working with, writes Doug Monro

Funding: Angels, peers and banks get behind SMEs

Alternatives can fill the financing gap, says Virginia Marsh

Natural ethos nets success for Slovenian fish farmers

Premium, healthily farmed fish that comes with a freshness guarantee is finding a market in Slovenia and beyond, writes Kester Eddy

Business is revitalising Colombia’s image

Mario Hernández overcame huge obstacles on the path to success, writes Jonathan Moules

QCI: Local production can help to tackle malaria

Home production favours Africa, says Jonathan Moules

World Entrepreneur of the Year winners

How are entrepreneurs faring in this post-crisis environment?

McMillan Shakespeare: Teacher saw tax benefits beyond the fringe

Businesses and staff gain from flexible salary schemes, says Paul Solman

Leadership: Art of delegation provides key to success

The most effective people at the top understand how to let others take charge, writes Jonathan Moules

Tech start-ups: Innovation hubs all over world seek to follow Silicon Valley lead

From Helsinki to Santiago, new start-up hotspots are emerging, writes Jonathan Moules

Taiwan: A revival of an ancient art for the modern era

Teamwork and a shared goal put fine porcelain back in the mainstream, writes Liz Bolshaw

Indonesia: Long queues gave inspiration

Local knowledge and the ability to act on an opportunity are key, says Liz Bolshaw

The Godrej Group: Good-quality products can be made for low earners

The Godrej Group is helping to forge India’s economic independence with a portfolio of diversified products, says Jonathan Moules

Methodology and judging process

The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year prize was founded in 1986 and takes in 140 cities in more than 50 countries

Video: Success needs luck but also hard work

Video: Betting the bank

Anthony Podesta, founder of McMillan Shakespeare, had to remortgage his house three times to fund growth

Video: The importance of place

Lance Uggla, founder and chief executive of Markit, explains the pluses and minuses of London as a start-up location

Video: Hamdi Ulukaya

Hamdi Ulukaya, founder of yoghurt brand Chobani, has won the Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year 2013