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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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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Russia – A recent graduate of CIPE’s Youth Entrepreneurship Program in the Republic of Ingushetia received a grant of $5,600 this month to open an agricultural enterprise using the skills she had gained under the training program. CIPE is implementing the program, funded by United States Agency for International Development, in cooperation with the Ingushetia Chamber of Commerce and Industry. It provides local youth with skills in launching and operating a business. Earlier this month a second graduate in Ingushetia received a commitment for a $7,800 loan from the regional government to open a café.

Ukraine – On August 8, the Coalition of Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises of the Sumy Region, a CIPE partner, launched a training program for local young people to build their skills in operating a business in their communities. Through a National Endowment for Democracy grant, CIPE provides support to the Coalition to involve its SME members in the strategic development of the city of Sumy. Leaders of the Coalition include the Sumy Association of Employers, the Youth and Entrepreneurship Organization, and the Union of Entrepreneurs, Tenants, and Owners of Sumy.

Peru – CIPE partner Instituto Invertir has already received 1,144 applications for this year’s EmprendeAhora youth leadership and entrepreneurship program and the final day to apply is not until September 7, 2012. In order to increase the number of applications, Invertir is also promoting the program on other websites that support youth, such as Universia. Additionally, Invertir was invited to speak about EmprendeAhora on national television channel Promoviendo TV. The interview is available here

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Azerbaijan – On May 1, Azerbaijan’s Entrepreneurship Development Foundation held a conference in Baku entitled “Roadmap for Developing Small Entrepreneurship.” The conference explored the legal and regulatory barriers facing small businesses in Azerbaijan, and the policy alternatives that could be developed to address them. The 55 participants and speakers included representatives from Parliament, government, think tanks, and business. CIPE Regional Director Andrew Wilson travelled to Baku to speak at the event, and to conduct meetings with local business, policy, and youth groups to explore the challenges faced by young entrepreneurs.

Russia – The Vladikavkaz Institute of Management (VIM), a CIPE partner, on April 28 awarded certificates to 19 students who completed a six-week course designed to give local youth the skills needed to launch a business and fully participate in local democratic institutions. As part of the certificate program, students drafted business plans for business start-ups, the most viable of which will be presented by VIM to the regional economic development authority for possible funding. The start-up ideas range from launching a kindergarten to opening a soccer training facility. The students, ranging in age from 18 to 24, are the fifth group to complete the youth entrepreneurship training program funded under a grant from the National Endowment for Democracy.

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Pakistan – This week CIPE and the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry conducted a youth conference on “Inspiring the New Wave of Entrepreneurship.” Over 350 youth participated in the conference where they discussed issues including women’s entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship, and building bridges through business-Diaspora linkages. Secretary of State Clinton attended the conference and her remarks can be seen at

Peru – At the conclusion of EmprendeAhora 2012, Instituto Invertir selected the winner of its democracy video contest. The contest gave participants in the EmprendeAhora program a way to demonstrate what they have learned about democracy and explain in their own way the implications of democracy on society. The winners of the contest hailed from Huancayo, in Junin region. Their winning video can be viewed (in Spanish) at

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

Russia – Local governments in Russia’s North Caucasus region awarded in December certificates to 10 graduates of a CIPE-administered youth entrepreneurship program to assist in business startups. The winners, seven from the Stavropol region and three from the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, are being granted space in business incubators for up to a year to develop their start-up projects. The business incubator is maintained by Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development. The business start-ups had been developed as part of a youth entrepreneurship training program funded by USAID. The new businesses range from a children’s clothing store to an advertising agency and a day care center.

Afghanistan – CIPE conducted a national business proposal competition among students from the schools participating in CIPE’s Tashabos youth entrepreneurship course. Continue reading ‘CIPE Entrepreneurship Update’ »

Entrepreneurial Development in Russia

“Where once the Soviet government rooted out and destroyed private businesses, now Russia and other Soviet successor states commit significant resources and rhetoric to nurturing and protecting those businesses. Substantial impediments to doing business still exist in the former Soviet Union, but problems are usually associated with government inaction rather than action.”

Read the full article on CIPE Development Blog.

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9th Edition of YEGAP’s “Entrepreneur Asia-Pacific” Newsletter

In this issue:

  • Launch of YEG-Pakistan chapter
  • “On Development of Entrepreneurship in Russia,” by RF CCI
  • Interview with Nevzat Aydin, founder of the e-business in Turkey
  • CACCI has launched the 4th Asia-Pacific Young Entrepreneur Award and is seeking nominations from CACCI Primary Members.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week in Vladikavkaz

In Vladikavkaz, a city in Russia’s North Caucasus region, the Vladikavkaz Institute of Management hosted on November 17 a roundtable discussion for about 30 people. Panelists included Vladikavkaz Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CIPE partner Kazbek Tuganov, along with representatives of the regional Ministry of Economic Development and the regional parliament. The event was attended by past graduates of the CIPE’s youth entrepreneurship program, which trains local students in the skills necessary to launch a business in a democratic society. Discussion centered on what useful incentives, including grants and low-interest loans, that the Ministry of Economic Development could offer to business startups.

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CIPE Preview of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011

Lebanon -  Through the project Fostering Free Enterprise in Youth, the Development for People and Nature Association (DPNA) will be training the steering committee for its network of alumni. CIPE Communications Director Caroline Scullin will lead the training. This network will facilitate knowledge-sharing among program graduates and aspiring young entrepreneurs and provide technical assistance to youth interested in establishing their own businesses.

Pakistan – The Young Entrepreneurs Forum of the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in conjunction with CIPE, will hold a conference Nov. 16 on developing an entrepreneurial culture. In Karachi, CIPE has a Nov. 15 event on “What It Takes to Be an Entrepreneur.”

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CIPE Entrepreneurship Update

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.

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