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My name is Fernanda Pereira and I would like to share my Global Entrepreneurship Week with you. I am one of the two Paraguayans who are participating as semifinalists in Your Big Year, a program by Smaller Earth.
Your Big Year is an international contest in which 60,000 people participated this year from 221 countries. It consists of passing certain challenges, tasks, in order to be one of 111 semifinalists. Of the 111, only 12 have the opportunity to be finalists and attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress to be held in Liverpool in March 2012. Continue reading ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week at Escuela Agrícola San Francisco de Asis, Paraguay’ »
In addition to the contest that the Paraguayan Foundation launched (also sponsored by the Oportunet Network), activities are planned in at least sixteen different cities throughout Paraguay to disseminate and promote entrepreneurship in every region. Activities include workshops, conferences, and discussions about entrepreneurship and the values, qualities, and competencies of the entrepreneur. Additionally, these events will touch on leadership, finances, creating business plans, and providing practical information and tools for entrepreneurs and those who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs.
Global Entrepreneurship Week helps spread the spark of entrepreneurship to people and places where the option might not have been considered before. It is also a good time to reflect on CIPE’s efforts throughout the year to promote entrepreneurship around the world.
Sometimes the spark catches the imagination where one least expects it. In Afghanistan, 6,000 high school students have graduated from the full three-year Tashabos course on entrepreneurship. Of them, 1,362 have set up their own small business, 204 have revived a family business, and 350 have helped expand an existing family business. In total, the students have created 7,336 jobs!
The Paraguayan Foundation has launched a contest called “The Communicator-Entrepreneur” that will coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week next week (see GEW Paraguay – Semana Global del Emprendedor). The goal of this contest is to increase awareness about the importance of entrepreneurship by encouraging participants to spread the word about entrepreneurship and the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Education initiative through interviews, articles, and more. Suggested topics include: SMEs in rural and urban areas, how entrepreneurs have contributed to community development, and about the Paraguayan Foundation’s programs that promote entrepreneurship.
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Russia – Eight graduates of a CIPE-administered youth entrepreneurship training program were awarded certificates on October 21 entitling them to low-interest loans to start businesses. The loans, each up to $4,000 in value, are intended to help finance start-up businesses that range from a beauty parlor to a travel agency to a bakery. The loans are provided by a government entity, the Committee for Youth Affairs of the Republic of Adygea. The Committee for Youth Affairs awarded the loans on the basis of recommendations from CIPE’s local partner, the Adygea Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The U.S. Agency for International Development is funding the three-year program, which covers six regions in Russia’s volatile North Caucasus area.
Updates from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Russia, and Paraguay…
Afghanistan – CIPE conducted a survey of students who have completed all three years of CIPE’s Tashabos high school entrepreneurship course. Of the 6,000 graduates, 1,362 have set up their own small business, 204 have revived a family business, and 350 have helped expand an existing family business. In total, the students have created 7,336 jobs.
Paraguay – The Paraguayan Foundation for Cooperation and Development (FP) awarded the winners of its contest called, “El Supervisor Emprendedor” (The Supervisor-Entrepreneur), a contest that sought to encourage and reward the spirit of entrepreneurship in education, especially in rural areas. The winning team created a website that has already begun to serve to improve communication among educators and supervisors in more than 100 urban and rural schools, creating a resource that is being used to aid the schools’ communities, and the population at large. This event was featured in national and local media, including print and online newspapers such as ABC, La Nación, and Paraguay al Instante, as well as on local radio stations.
Peru – CIPE announced the winner of the 2011 CIPE Leading Practices Contest: Instituto Invertir, recognized for its EmprendeAhora program on entrepreneurship and civic education for Peruvian youth. CIPE launched the contest for members of its partner network to recognize innovation and good practice in the field of democratic and market reform. EmprendeAhora was also mentioned in a blog by Jonathan Ortmans on entrepreneurship in Peru.
Pakistan – The Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry opened its new entrepreneurship development center, which was funded under a CIPE small grant. This is the first such facility established by a Pakistani chamber. Details can be found in the Pakistan Observer: “Entrepreneurship Development Center Established at ICCI”
Russia – The first group of students taking part in CIPE’s USAID-funded youth entrepreneurship training program in the Republic of Ingushetia graduated on July 8. A total of 29 students completed 96 hours of courses covering topics such as business planning and starting a business, financial and economic literacy, entrepreneurship in a democratic society, leadership and professional growth, rights and free market institutions, democratic institutions, and the rule of law. These students will be eligible for state support in the form of discounted lines of credit for graduates’ start-ups, grants for start-ups, and access to business incubators. The training program is also taking place in Chechnya, Kabardino-Balkaria, Karachaevo-Cherkessia, and Stavropol.