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Inspired by: other » Teenage CEOs Coming

version: 2 / updated: 2011-02-02
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Originally submitted by: Jari Kaivo-oja
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Source of inspiration

Other, please specify:   FORBES

The source of the Weak Signal is

FORBES, Web: http://www.forbes.com/2009/05/04/family-business-dynamics-forbes-woman-entrepreneurs-relationships-sidebar.html The Economic Times: Web: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/quickiearticleshow/5205996.cms Teenentrepreneurblog, Web: http://teenentrepreneurblog.com/

Signal's headline

(max. 9 words)
Teenage CEOs Coming

Signal's description

(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Weak Signal (approx. 150 words)
Young teenage CEOs have succeed in many fields of industries, especially in the ICT business. Their success shows that you don’t need a fancy MBA to be an entrepreneur, Entpreneural spirit is a teen spirit.


Teenagers, CEOs, emerging business, age groups, economy transformation


(max. 250 characters)
During last years more and more younger CEOs have been succesfull in emerging business fields. Many succesful start-ups are managed by young boys and girls.

Signal's first apperance

before 2000

Signal's potential evolution

It could lead to...
issue type of issue/development potential impact on society timeframe for the issue to become at least 50% probable
#1 Teenage CEOs new/emerging

Under what assumption the Weak Signal might evolve.

Educational achievements are not necessary condition to be a succesfull CEO.


please specify
please select
Level 3: important for the European Union Teenagers should seen as dynamic innovators.
Level 4: important for the whole world Teenagers should seen as dynamic innovators.

Filters preventing the signal's monitoring

cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
institutional filters (rules, laws, regulations)
affective filters (emotions, anxiety, self-doubt)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Key driving forces of this signal

Please use these boxes to provide up to 2 drivers of HIGH importance. Click on HELP to see examples:
Driver 1 Driver 2
Social Open thinking
Technological/Scientific Innovation pressure, creativity
Economic More economic incentives and opportunities for teenage CEOs
Values/Ethical/Cultural Good basic education

Major risks & opportunities associated to the signal

Please choose the most appropriate timeframe option(s) to which you would like to provide inputs.
Risks Opportunities
before 2015 Uncritical thinking New dynamism to business
between 2015-2025 Uncritical thinking New dynamism to business
between 2025-2050 Uncritical thinking New dynamism to business
beyond 2050 Uncritical thinking New dynamism to business

Potential stakeholders' actions

short-term actions
(after 2015)
Policy actors (at the international, European and national levels) Taking teenagers seriously New dynamism to business
Business actors (incl. SMEs) Taking teenagers seriously New dynamism to business
Academic/Research sector Taking teenagers seriously New dynamism to business
Non-for-profit organisations (e.g. NGOs, political parties, social movements, voluntary associations) Taking teenagers seriously New dynamism to business
Media Taking teenagers seriously New dynamism to business
General public Taking teenagers seriously New dynamism to business

Signal's relevance for European Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ageing and other demographic tensions Senior-junior work teams
Behavioural change Senior-junior work teams
Social cohesion and diversity Senior-junior work teams
Economic prosperity/dynamics Dynamic role for teenagers

Signal's relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
ICT - Information & communication technologies Many young CEOs
International S&T Cooperation Young scientists

Pan-European strategies influencing the signal

please justify:
particularly relevant
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer Senior-junior work teams

Research-friendly strategies potentially improving understanding of the signal

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please justify:
particularly relevant
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.
Promote opportunities for young persons