Archive for March 2010

CIPE 2010 International Youth Essay Contest

The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) invites young people to share their ideas on how to create opportunities for youth to strengthen democracy and the private sector in their countries. Students and young professionals aged 18-30 are welcome to participate by writing an essay on one of the three topics: Democracy that delivers, Entrepreneurship and society, or Women and participation. Winning articles will be published by CIPE and receive a $1,000 honorarium.

Please visit the 2010 International Youth Essay Contest website at for further information and details about the contest.

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Growing SMEs: It’s Time to Invest!

“Growing SMEs: It’s time to invest!” which takes place in The Hague June 2, 2010 is an Investment Market Place offering a unique opportunity to 75 entrepreneurs from developing countries to meet and pitch their business plans to 100+ investors interested in financing companies in emerging markets.

The objectives of “Growing SMEs: It’s time to in­vest!” Market Place are to match entrepreneurs and financers, mobilize capital, and showcase an emerging asset class for investors. The ultimate result sought is to improve incomes and economic stability in the developing world.


See the programme of events here

Event details and registration information

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E-skills for Young Entrepreneurs and Job Seekers in Romania

In the context of the European E-skills Week, the Romanian public witnessed the launch of a new and exciting project targeting the youth – the portal (the Romanian translation of e-skills), which represents a bridge between IT resource providers and young people in need of IT skills in order to obtain a job or start their own business.

In Romania the E-skills campaign was launched in October 2009 by a Consortium comprising Microsoft Romania, Junior Achievement Romania and a number of Romanian NGOs, in response to a study conducted by International Data Corporation. The results of the study showed that five years from now, in Romania, 90% of all jobs in all fields will require applicants to have IT skills.

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Young Entrepreneurs Talent and Innovation Competition

Young people from the Organization of American States (OAS) are invited to submit business plans for the fourth Talent and Innovation Competition of the Americas (TIC), hosted by the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT).  Teams are encouraged to submit proposals in the fields of the environment, tourism, agribusiness, and technology.  Teams may submit proposals until April 1, 2010.  Awards will be given for achievement in the areas of E-Business, Creative Design, Tradition and Culture, and Spirit of Entrepreneurship.  Prizes include funding and internships, as well as promotional and networking opportunities.  Finals will be held in June 2010 in Lima, Peru.

Read more about the competition and register your team at the official website:

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Professional Integration and Youth Entrepreneurship Support in the County of Iasi, Romania

The county of Iasi, in North-Eastern Romania, is currently the geographical target for an ambitious project aiming to help the youth find jobs or start a business. The 222,000-euro project “Professional Integration and Youth Entrepreneurship Support in the County of Iasi” started in November 2008 and is scheduled to end in November 2010.

Under the leadership of Unidea-UniCredit Foundation (which is also the funder of the project), several local councils and Iasi County Council have collaborated with local NGOs which work with vulnerable young people. The main objective of the program is to integrate 400 young people into the labor market and also to support 200 young aspiring entrepreneurs, selected among students in the final years of college/high school.

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