Archive for September 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week Survey Ends Tomorrow!

Global Entrepreneurship Week will be wrapping up their global survey on September 28, 2012.  The survey is part of an effort  to inform policy decisions regarding entrepreneurship and aims to capture young innovator’s perceptions of the entrepreneurial environment in their respective countries.  Through the survey, GEW hopes to get a better handle on which countries and policies inhibit or enable successes in enterprise.

The survey is available in 8 languages and can be completed in about 20 minutes.  Contribute your voices and share it with other entrepreneurs regardless of experience.  Choose your language below to get started!

For a copy of the final report, simply send a messagel to survey@unleashingideas.org with your name, country, and email address.

CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Bahrain – Under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State MEPI, CIPE started a new program to foster cooperation among Bahrain’s diverse private sector and youth populations. The program will focus on two initiatives designed to foster a cooperative environment among the diverse populations that make up Bahrain’s private sector and youth. With the support of MEPI, CIPE will help develop a representative business vision for the country to foster reform and implement a civic education and entrepreneurship training course to engage a diverse group of Bahrain youth in economic participation.

Washington, DC – In conjunction with the International Day of Democracy on September 15, the Free Enterprise and Democracy Network (FEDN), comprising of CIPE partners from around the world, formally announced its objectives and principles. Created to remedy a lack of private sector representation in global debates on democratic reform, FEDN seeks to engage champions of the private sector and civil society in dialogue and advocacy. In addition to ensuring a voice for the private sector in global fora, FEDN will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and mutual support among members.

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ICC Announces 2013 World Chambers Competition

In conjunction with the 8th World Chambers Congress taking place in Doha, Qatar April 22-25 2013, the International Chamber of Commerce has launched its newest addition of the World Chambers Competition.  This competition is the only global awards program to recognize innovative projects undertaken by chambers from all over the world.  Including organizations from both the developed world and emerging countries, the 2013 World Chambers Competition provides a unique opportunity for chambers to showcase originality and ingenuity.

Among the categories in which chambers can compete is “Best Youth Entrepreneurship Project.”  To compete in this category, organizations must have developed a project that showcases the importance of youth entrepreneurship.  Support programs and services geared towards helping entrepreneurs get started or expand their business are ideal programs for fostering entrepreneurship and are perfect submissions for the competition.  To qualify, any project submitted must have been in operation within a 24 month period preceding January 2013 and applications must be submitted by November 30, 2012.  Finalists will be chosen and notified by February 2013 and will be judged before a jury at the World Chambers Conference in April.  For more information and to apply, visit the ICC website.

 

#DemocracyChat

Join the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) for a TwitterChat on the linkages between democracy and free enterprise.  Today CIPE had a lively discussion that touched on topics including corruption, political accountability, economic reform, and more.  On Thursday at 10:00 AM EDT the conversation continues with CIPE partners and members of the recently announced Free Enterprise and Democracy Network, which brings together democratic reformers, champions of the private sector, and members of civil society to advocate for a positive business environment and strengthen democracy.  Use the #DemocracyChat hashtag to follow the discussion or use the Tweet Chat room.

Youth in Entrepreneurship and Democracy

Originally posted on the CIPE Development Blog

According to the UNFPA, youth represents around 1.8 billion of the total world population. About half survive on less than $2 a day, while more than 100 million adolescents do not attend school. The countries which realize the importance of youth by emphasizing education and skills can turn youth assets into dividends. Fair and transparent systems help them to avail themselves of opportunities to contribute in the economic growth of a country.

Statistics show that in Pakistan, around 60 percent of youth (people below the age 25) constitute a mix of educated, uneducated, skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled populations.  The ratio of school-going children is increasing but still a lot needs to be done. In the past 10 to 12 years a significant number of universities in the private sector have been established in addition to a few public sector universities. A large number of students are graduating every year but they have limited opportunities for employment in either the public or private sector. As a result, the number of unemployed young people is increasing every year.

To address these challenges, colleges and universities should start focusing on practical entrepreneurial education to help students to choose entrepreneurship as a career, both for their own sustainability and to provide jobs to others. Entrepreneurship courses should be introduced. The universities and business support organizations like Chambers and Associations should work closely to organize mentorship and entrepreneurship training programs and also benefit from the research projects of university students.

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Plan-9: Launching young entrepreneurs to success in Pakistan

Over the weekend, the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) hosted the first installment of its Plan 9 Tech Incubator in Lahore, Pakistan.  The event in Lahore was the first of several in PITB’s first national incubation competition.  Plan 9 aims to promote a new wave of technological entrepreneurship and act as a catalyst by providing an environment where start-ups can thrive.  The initiative is a joint effort between PITB and the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) to select the best ideas and help get them off the ground. Continue reading ‘Plan-9: Launching young entrepreneurs to success in Pakistan’ »

CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Nepal – Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation has initiated a monthly lecture series entitled “The Freedom School,” inviting various policy experts to speak with both graduates of the Arthalaya youth entrepreneurship program and Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation staffers. The series will help build the organization’s network of advisors and experts, which in turn will support advocacy efforts around the Nepal Economic Growth Agenda. The first lecture was held on August 31, with a presentation by Director General of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry Dr. Hemant Dabadi on changing trends in Nepal’s international trade.

Ukraine – On August 15, CIPE partner the Izmail Municipal Entrepreneurship Support Foundation completed an outreach process that included a series of focus group meetings with local business leaders. The outreach was part of an effort to identify priority issues for the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community in the run-up to Ukraine’s parliamentary elections set for late October. Based on input from 80 members of the local business community, the head of the Izmail Municipal Entrepreneurship Support Foundation Valentina Stoikova issued a public statement listing priorities that include the reduction of taxes, an increase in economic development funds from the government, and the reinstatement of a vocational training program operated by the government. The effort in Izmail is part of a National Endowment for Democracy (NED) -funded program in 10 Ukrainian regions to highlight the needs of the SME community over the course of the parliamentary election campaign.

Peru – CIPE partner Instituto Invertir organized a meeting with several Lima-based EmprendeAhora alumni to discuss the agenda for the upcoming alumni conference on September 29-30. Two hundred program alumni have confirmed their attendance for this first ever EmprendeAhora alumni conference. Regarding the next version of the educational program, Invertir has already received more than 2,300 applications in the run up to the September 7 deadline. Additionally, Invertir’s program coordinator was invited to speak about EmprendeAhora on the national television program, “Punto de Vista.”

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CIPE Launches 2012 Youth Essay Contest

The CIPE 2012 International Youth Essay Competition is now open! CIPE invites youth (aged 18 – 30) from around the world to tell their stories about democracy and entrepreneurship. In 2012, we’re accepting essays in three categories:

  •  Entrepreneurship and innovation: Beyond technology. What barriers do young entrepreneurs in your country face in translating their ideas into products and services? How do young entrepreneurs in your country foster new ways of acting and thinking? What supporting institutions do young innovators need to succeed?
  •  Inclusive growth: Entrepreneurial Environment for scaling-up business. What challenges do youth-led businesses and entrepreneurs in your country face when they’re expanding their enterprises? What opportunities do youth-led businesses and entrepreneurs have to succeed in your country and what are some of the success stories? In your society, what tools or institutions do entrepreneurs need to grow small enterprises into larger and prosperous businesses?
  •  Social transformations: The role of entrepreneurs in building democratic societies. How can entrepreneurship among youth strengthen newly formed or emerging democracies? How are young entrepreneurs from different backgrounds participating in your country’s democracy? In what ways are young entrepreneurs contributing to social transformations in your country?

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 19, 2012. Winners of CIPE’s Youth Essay Competition receive a $500 honorarium, and CIPE publishes winning essays as part of its bi-monthly Economic Reform Feature Service paper series. One grand prize winner will be invited to an all-expenses paid trip to attend CIPE’s upcoming Democracy that Delivers for Entrepreneurs conference in the U.S. planned for April 2013. Rules and guidelines for the contest can be found here: http://www.cipe.org/essay/rules.php

International Business Forum in Istanbul

We would like to inform you that the Islamic Countries Young Entrepreneurs Network’s Europe Region Coordinator, Young MUSIAD is organizing the International Business Forum (IBF) Congress, “The Era for Economic and Political Progress in OIC Countries,” to be held 11-14 October 2012  in Istanbul, Turkey.

International Business Forum (IBF), which has been organized every year  since 1995, is a platform where the economy and business related issues could be discussed by bringing together the leaders, decision makers, bureaucrats, academicians, journalists and experts. It also provides co-operation and partnership opportunities for the participants, and builds  trade and investment links by gathering businessmen from all around the world. IBF Congress, which is held with the participation of the leaders of the Muslim world, provides opportunities for new business initiatives, global business networks and partnerships by offering a meeting platform to  the OIC countries.

We believe that your participation would be very fruitful and you may have more information and registration details by clicking the banner, or
by visiting the events website – www.musiadfair.com

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