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  • Writer's pictureGunjan Syal

Entrepreneurial Spirit: TED Circle (Free)

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

This post is a recap of the TED Circle: Entrepreneurial Spirit discussion held on Sat Dec 19, 2020 12–1pm ET.

Discussion Goal

TED Circles' December 2020 theme is "Building momentum".

Those with entrepreneurial spirit have brought us a lot of momentum and progress during the pandemic. Let's meet and discuss:

  1. What does entrepreneurial spirit mean in the context of your life and work in the pandemic era?

  2. What and/ or who inspires you to be entrepreneurial?

  3. What entrepreneurial activities/ goals/ objectives are on your 2021 outlook?

For additional inspiration, watch this TEDx talk that represents the topic online BEFORE the event:


  • Gunjan Syal — Chief Strategy Advisor, Emerald Technology Group Inc.

Discussion Summary

It was enlightening to host this discussion circle in the pandemic world, with representation from at least 3 countries. The entrepreneurial spirit and perspectives around the table were remarkable:

  1. We began the discussion by asking what does the entrepreneurial spirit mean in the context of our respective lives and work? The perspectives around the table were diverse and deeply insightful.

  2. Erin shared that she equates entrepreneurial spirit to "self sufficiency and self actualization" - a concept we visited many times throughout the conversation.

  3. Tom shared that as a professor,