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Support CIPE on #GivingTuesday!


How will you spend next Tuesday?

CIPE is partnering with #GivingTuesday  to celebrate a day of philanthropy on December 3rd.

After enjoying delicious food on Thanksgiving, and indulging in some shopping sprees on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, why not join a global movement to give back to the community?

On Tuesday December 3rd, become part of this exciting movement by supporting CIPE’s efforts to develop young leaders from around the world. Through our ChamberL.I.N.K.S.  program and the Think Tank LINKS Fellowship, CIPE empowers youth to become active leaders in civil society and work toward meaningful change in their communities.

Check out videos for both programs and learn more about how to support here:

Your donation (whether that’s $20 or $100) will help make a difference! By investing, you are developing young people’s skills to become future champions of change!

CIPE Blog Competition


invites you to participate in our first Blog Competition.

We are looking for bloggers who have a passion for democratic and economic
reforms and their role in development. You don’t need to be a professional
writer or affiliated with an organization — anyone who can tell a compelling
story is welcome to submit their best post.

Your blog post should be in English and address one of the following three topics:

1. How can social media empower citizens to participate in democratic dialogue on
constructive reform?

2. What experiences from other countries can guide the role of youth in your
country’s democratic and economic development?

3. What story or personal experience can you share to illustrate the need and
possible solutions for democratic and economic reforms in your country?

The submission deadline is December 2, 2013. Authors of the three best posts will each receive a $250
honorarium and CIPE will publish the winning entries on the CIPE Development Blog.

Rules and submission guidelines can be found here.


Unreasonable East Africa: Giving High-Impact Entrepreneurs Wings

Unreasonable East Africa is replicating a successful model in Boulder, Colorado called the Unreasonable Institute. Each year, we will unite 10-20 entrepreneurs under one roof in Kampala Uganda for 5 weeks. These entrepreneurs receive customized training and support from 50 world-class mentors, ranging from:

  • Kamran Elahian, an entrepreneur who has started 10 companies (4 of which sold for between $70-$700 million and three of which IPO’d for over $1 billion),
  • Nick Moon, Co-Founder and Former Managing Director of KickStart, a company that has managed to lift 740,000 people out of poverty and created up to 150,000 new businesses, and
  • Asif Saleh, Senior Director of Strategy, Communications, and Capacity of BRAC, which has lifted over 100 million people out of poverty

In the process, Unreasonable Fellows form relationships with corporations and international organizations, receive legal advice & design consulting, and get access to dozens of potential funders.

Applications for the first class of Unreasonable East Africa Open TODAY

We are looking for East Africa’s most Unreasonable entrepreneurs.

Why should entrepreneurs care?

  • Learn from and live with 50 mentors, ranging from a founder of 3 companies with billion-dollar exits; to the director of strategy at BRAC, which has brought 100 million people out of poverty; to the co-founder of Kickstart that has brought 740,000 people out of poverty and created up to 150,000 new businesses.
  • Live with portfolio managers from at least 40 major impact investment funds like Khosla Ventures, Calvert Fund, and Acumen Fund and build relationships with over 250 prospective angel investors.
  • Get deeply customized support: mentors, investors, and training workshops are carefully curated based on each startup’s needs.
  • Join a global network of 100+ early-stage entrepreneurs from 37 countries, 100+ mentors, and the Unreasonable Institute’s 180 partner organizations, including HP, Teach For America, and TED Fellows.

Click here to learn more about what entrepreneurs get

Click here to Apply for Unreasonable East Africa

Deadline for applications is 7th November, 2013. Please feel free to send us a note on

The Search is on!

With Utmost Excitement,
The Unreasonable East Africa Team

Submitted by Unreasonable East Africa Team


CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Washington, DC – CIPE released a new guidebook on youth entrepreneurship programs for chambers of commerce and business associations. Chambers of commerce and business associations play a pivotal role in supporting entrepreneurship; they are uniquely positioned between governments looking to create economic growth and the private sector desire to develop a new generation of employees. This new guidebook is a resource for chambers of commerce, associations, and other business-oriented groups seeking to address some of the obstacles that young people face as they attempt to enter the economy in their communities. By sharing practical lessons from around the world, it serves as a guide to develop or expand successful youth entrepreneurship and employment programs. Download a copy of the newly released Guide to Youth Entrepreneurship Programs for Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations or read more about it on the CIPE Development Blog.

Ecuador – Approximately 50 university students from throughout Ecuador gathered in Guayaquil for the second session of the CIPE-supported Emprendedores Ecuatorianos youth leadership and entrepreneurship program organized by Instituto Ecuatoriano de Economia Politica (IEEP). Business consultant Oswaldo Toscano presented on marketing tools for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and was followed by SME consultant Felipe Rendón. In one activity, students were divided into groups for a mock business plan competition where they worked through each aspect of business plan development. Students also had the opportunity to work one on one with Toscano and Rendón to hone their individual business ideas.

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Entrepreneur Asia-Pacific, 10th Edition

The Young Entrepreneurs Group of Asia Pacific (YEGAP) recently released the 10th edition of Entrepreneur Asia-Pacific, highlighting the activities and achievements of members throughout the region.  YEGAP was created by the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry (CACCI) in 2004 to provide a venue for young entrepreneurs to become actively involved in entrepreneurial development.  YEGAP serves to identify effective programs geared towards entrepreneurial development.

Inside this issue:

  • Young Entrepreneurs Forum of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry organizes Young Entrepreneurs Conference 2012
  • Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry launches Youth Affairs Committee
  • Youth empowerment and entrepreneurship in Sri Lanka
  • Organic agriculture in Bangladesh

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An IPO Guide for Entrepreneurs

I am glad to be a part of this community. I am an aspiring entrepreneur and right now I work for an e-Publishing company. I have a book that I felt would be useful to share on the Community of Young Entrepreneurs. Here is the detail:

IPO: A Global Guide written by Philippe Espinasse (Hong Kong University Press)

IPO: A Global Guide is applicable to any financial jurisdiction, including emerging markets with vibrant IPO activity in the Asia-Pacific region, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Intended for entrepreneurs, market practitioners and students, this guide will be essential reading for anyone planning to take a company to market.

Lokabhiram Dwarakanath

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Making the Most of Public-Private Dialogue: A CIPE Toolkit

The barriers that hamper entrepreneurship are indicative of deep governance failures.” Entrepreneurs can either find ways to work around the barriers (a few succeed that way) or they can try to be part of the solution–removing barriers in order to unleash business potential. If entrepreneurs wish to be part of the solution, they must join in public-private dialogue.

Public-private dialogue strengthens policymaking by incorporating valuable private input and creating momentum for reform. For dialogue to be most productive, the private sector must take initiative to advocate for its priorities in a participatory policy process. “Making the Most of Public-Private Dialogue: An Advocacy Approach,” CIPE’s new Reform Toolkit, aids business leaders who seek to improve their participation in dialogue for better policy results.

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Organizing and Financing a Small Business

Whatever the reason, owning your own business can be one of the most challenging, satisfying, demanding and rewarding things you do in your life. However, there are real risks and difficulties in starting any new business.

This guide is about recognizing–and minimizing–these risks and increasing your chances of success. While each business is different, there are some basic things every small business needs to succeed. Key among these are a good idea, hard work, knowledge combined with common sense and imagination, plus the willingness and determination to make an idea into reality.

Download “Organizing and Financing a Small Business”
by the Center for International Private Enterprise

Kim Bettcher

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Measuring Entrepreneurship

Measuring entrepreneurship is important but hard to do because we associate multiple concepts with entrepreneurship. When we think of entrepreneurship, we might think of business creation, risk-taking, innovation, or business growth. Below are a few sources of statistical data, each of which captures somewhat different aspects of entrepreneurship.

The Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), started in 1999, is based on an annual survey of individuals in 59 countries. It measures attitudes toward entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial activity, and aspirations for business growth. Both formal and informal business is counted.

Under attitudes, GEM measures perceptions of opportunities, risks, status, intent to start a business, and so on. Under activity, GEM measures rates of business ownership with a focus on businesses that are less than 3 ½ years old (“total early-stage entrepreneurship activity”). Continue reading ‘Measuring Entrepreneurship’ »

Emerging Markets: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Staying Sane, Safe and Profitable

From the Kauffman Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Resource Center, here’s an article from an American businessman on staying sane, safe and profitable in emerging markets. How does this article look to those of you who are based in emerging markets? Does it still ring true?

The author, R. W. Nelson, Chairman of Kemin Industries, sees opportunities in emerging markets, and also advises certain precautions in these environments. These precautions include steps for testing a new market, attention to cash flow, avoidance of bribery, and flexibility. The theme is that amid the excitement and frenzy, one needs to retain common sense. That might be said of many entrepreneurial ventures–entrepreneurs take on risk, but they must know how to manage it.

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