The Rise of Extrepreneurs: Exploring Global Entrepreneurship Beyond Borders

A decade ago, if you had asked a domestic firm who its main rival was, the majority of them would have said "another local company


New Delhi : New start-up owners are already looking outside their native markets, despite being in the very early stages of their businesses, as competition between global giants heats up thanks to easy access to a talent pool and resources. D Globalist, a Global Business Mobility Accelerator, and a pioneer in developing the notion of entrepreneur mobility, developed the word “Extrepreneurs” to describe these boundless entrepreneurs with a global mentality who conduct business outside of their original nations.

A decade ago, if you had asked a domestic firm who its main rival was, the majority of them would have said “another local company.” In today’s environment, however, when more and more businesses are concentrating on providing convenient services to clients without the need of a physical location nearby, the response would be different. In light of the rapid expansion of these tech-fueled sectors, traditional domestic competitors must now contend with a new breed of globally savvy startups.

Many successful businesses hit a tipping point when they figured out how to operate in numerous jurisdictions while keeping their expenses low and their output high. When doing business in other countries, the companies run by extrepreneurs use an aggressive but strategic strategy.  India, China, and the United States stand out as the top three nations that produce the most of these types of entrepreneurs.

More than half of all US-based unicorns have an Indian founder, according data compiled by the National Foundation for American Policy (NAFP).  Although there are founders from all over the world in the billion-dollar club, the most come from India (66), followed by Israel (54) and other countries. Amazingly, it was projected that the total worth of all 319 US-based unicorns founded by extreme entrepreneurs was over $1.2 trillion.

Similarly, Canada, one of the most extrepreneur-friendly nations, has over 250,000 enterprises with foreign founders, or over 40% of all startups. Aldo Bensadoun, a Moroccan immigrant, created the illustrious ALDO Group; Ajay Virmani, an Indian immigrant, is President and CEO of Cargojet, Canada’s biggest cargo airline.

More than 49% of the UK’s fastest-growing firms were also launched by extrepreneurs, corroborating the US data.  Most of the UK’s startup unicorns, which have raised a combined total of over £3.7 billion, were founded by people who weren’t born in the country. There is now more cultural variety and acceptance in the UK’s startup ecosystem because to the efforts of these extrepreneurs, who come from more than 29 nations and five continents.

The UK top 100 start-up chart contains majority of the founders from US, followed by France, India, Russia, Germany, Australia, Ireland and Sweden. Some of the extrepreneurs led startups that are gaining traction in the UK include Signal AI, engaged in AI driven business intelligence, co-founded by Spanish born Miguel Martinez; Cydar, a South African extrepreneur led start-up engaged in augmenting image-guided surgery using computer vision, AI, and cloud computing.

There are numerous such examples of successful extrepreneurs, who once took the leap of faith by leaving the comfort in their home country to make a difference. The success stories of these founders have encouraged developed economies to provide inclusive immigration policies focusing on innovative businesses which can benefit their nations by job creation and bridging the technological gaps. These programs are commonly known as Start-up Visas.

The concept of Start-up Visa originated in Chile, with the launch of its Start-up Chile program in 2010, followed by the the erstwhile Tier 1 Entrepreneur Visa of UK & Start-up Entrepreneur Programme of Ireland in 2012.  These programs paved the way for extrepreneurs in many other nations, with over 35 countries now offering their residency to extrepreneurs.

“Numerous job creation, clubbed by the socio-economic benefits created with the ability to solve micro and macro problems prevailing in certain geographies, are the two key factors compelling more and more nations to have liberal start-up visa policies for extrepreneurs. The new era undeniably belongs to these bright valiant founders who are not limited by geographies and do not have physiological borders.” Says Divesh Sharma, CEO, D Globalist.