Archive for November 2009

Youth Enterprise in Nepal

Samriddhi, The Prosperity Foundation, released a handbook on youth enterprise entitled: Towards Enterprise Building in Nepal. The purpose of the handbook is to rekindle an entrepreneurial spirit among Nepali youth and to equip them with the skills to create a business-friendly environment in Nepal. The handbook draws upon the experiences of faculty and recent graduates of Arthalaya: Making Sense Of it All, a Samriddhi youth education initiative. Arthalaya is a 5-day workshop that brings students, age 18-28, together to educate them about entrepreneurship, democracy, and economic development. Guest lecturers, debates, documentaries, and field research expose the participants to the practical aspects of running a business, and the students themselves are expected to start-up and manage a mock business.

Towards Enterprise Building in Nepal includes articles, opinion stories, and tips for young entrepreneurs. The handbook highlights five Entrepreneurs’ Clubs that were established on different college campuses by graduates of Arthalaya, as well as provides a Toolkit on Starting up a Business and a 2010 Doing Business Report. The publication also includes several stories and advice pieces from successful entrepreneurs in Nepal.

Download a pdf version of the handbook.

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Universities Engage in Promoting Romanian Students’ Entrepreneurial Skills

There is no doubt that the issue of youth entrepreneurship has been attracting attention from the media, as well as various national and international NGOs. The novelty is that it is now in the limelight from an academic point of view: two Romanian universities (Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest, and “Politehnica” University, Bucharest) have joined hands with the Institute for Entrepreneurship at the University for Applied Sciences (Frankfurt am Main, Germany), in their efforts to promote entrepreneurship among students.

The project — “Young entrepreneurs in Europe. Promoting entrepreneurial culture and developing entrepreneurial skills among students from private and public universities in Bucharest, through transnational partnership” — was initiated in October 2009 and will last 18 months. Throughout this period, the project will receive funding from the European Social Fund, through the program “Invest in people!”, which aims to develop human resources in the timeframe 2007-2013. Continue reading ‘Universities Engage in Promoting Romanian Students’ Entrepreneurial Skills’ »

Challenges of Young Entrepreneurs in Ghana

CIPE Economic Reform Feature Service article:
Challenges of Young Entrepreneurs in Ghana by Saeed Mahmoud Jajah

Article at a Glance:

  • Due to an unfavorable business climate and a lack of proper education, many young people in Ghana view entrepreneurship as a risk that is not worth taking.
  • The government and the private sector need to work together to foster a new culture of entrepreneurship among the Ghanaian youth.
  • With the proper incentives and motivation youth can become a major source of economic growth in Ghana.

This article is a 2009 CIPE International Youth Essay Competition first place winner in the category of “Entrepreneurship and Leadership.”

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ICCI Young Entrepreneurs Delegation Visits Germany

A delegation of eight young entrepreneurs from the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) visited Germany in the last week of September. The delegation consisted of members belonging to various industries ranging from steel and textile, to floor, rice, and the hotel industry. On the night of their arrival, the Chairman of the Asia-Pacific Forum Berlin arranged a welcome dinner for the delegation. For the next two days the ICCI team met with the Ambassador of Pakistan to Berlin, visited the sites of Volkswagen, Siemens, and other top German manufacturers, and learned about Germany’s environmentally-friendly energy initiatives. The trip culminated in a meeting between the delegates and the members of EuroChambers in Belgium.

Read the report from the trip here: ICCI Young Entrepreneurs Delegation Visit

ICCI Delegates at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) & Junior Chamber International Germany

ICCI Delegates at the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) & Junior Chamber International Germany

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Egypt

The Egyptian Junior Business Association is coordinating events to celebrate Global Entrepreneurship Week in Egypt. They will launch the activities with an event on November 15, which will address policies to promote entrepreneurship; the educational system; and services for entrepreneurs.

Global Entrepreneurship Week, Egypt 2009–Launch Event

Thanks to Randa Al Zoghbi (CIPE) for sharing this item.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week, 16-22 November 2009

The Kauffman Foundation is coordinating Global Entrepreneurship Week, a time to celebrate entrepreneurship and inspire new ideas. This was a huge event in 2008 and is open to wide participation in 2009.

“Global Entrepreneurship Week will connect young people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. Students, educators, entrepreneurs, business leaders, employees, non-profit leaders, government officials and many others will participate in a range of activities, from online to face-to-face, and from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings.”

If you are planning activities for entrepreneurship week, register them at to publicize your event and join this international effort to motivate new entrepreneurs.
Register your event here.

Kim Bettcher
Center for International Private Enterprise

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