Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017

Ethiopia kicks off celebrating the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2017 by providing Entrepreneurship Training workshop (ETW), an innovative entrepreneurship training to young entrepreneurs and by providing business clinic to entrepreneurs.

The Entrepreneurship Training Workshop (ETW) is an internation22ally acclaimed workshop, developed through intensive research by Prof David McClelland of Harvard University for the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). ETW is six-day learners centered, practical, hands-on attitudinal and behavioral change training program built upon adult learning principles. It is based on the concept of a behavioral approach to entrepreneurship. Research carried out from a psychological perspective demonstrated that there are 10 Key entrepreneurial competencies (commonly called Personal Entrepreneurial Competencies or PECs) that influence the way entrepreneurs manage and run their businesses.

In the training taking place in Addis Ababa from November 13 – 18, 2017, 31 young entrepreneurs are attending the training. During the same time, similar training was provided entrepreneurs based in the historical city of Gondor, a city found in the northern part of Amhara National Regional state. 43 young entrepreneurs are taking part in the training.

Business Clinic was provided in the capital city of Amhara National Regional state. The city is established around the largest highland lake called Tana, the origin of Blue Nile. This is an arrangement of on spot business advisory service for those walk-in clients at the city center. Most of the beneficiaries are those who do not have the capacity to pay for consulting firms to get paid advisory service to start, expand or diversify their business. The client advice was taking place at Bahir Dar City center in a tent installed on the space provided by the city administration. The program also involved making on vehicle awareness creation campaign about GEW and the provision of the services.

To this end, assigned BDS advisors have been going through Business Health Check questions (fort existing business owners), and Opportunity Diagnosis to provide the intended advice. Moreover, advisors have been giving referential service (EDC's training and BDS). During the day 50 clients benefited from client advice (clinic) service, and 90% of them are startup business owners/aspiring entrepreneurs. And 63 people applied for other services provided by Entrepreneurship Development Center (EDC) – Ethiopia.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016

Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place during one week each November. Thousands of events and competitions in 160 countries inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors. Powered by the Kauffman Foundation, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a network of more than 15,000 partner organizations.


EDC has served as the Ethiopia country host click  for GEW for the past three years. In this capacity, the Centre is responsible for convening a committee of other organizations involved in entrepreneurship development in order to foster a collective impact during the weeklong celebrations.


The committee is responsible for:

·         Identifying synergies between committee member’s events/activities taking place during the week
·         Recognizing young and seasoned entrepreneurs
·         Updating web and social media platforms in order to gain maximum visibility of the week’s activities
·         Developing a coordinated approach to collect committee members’ event information for the global GEW website


In 2016, in partnership with the Ethiopian Educational Information Technology Centre, EDC developed an animation video about entrepreneurship and deployed it across the public-school plasma TV targeting over 500,000 high school students across the country. click here to view Animation video



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