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What is Empretec?
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Empretec inspires entrepreneurs in developing countries and countries with economies in transition to start, grow and develop their businesses. The main beneficiaries are aspiring entrepreneurs, women entrepreneurs, small businesses, young people and employees of large public or private firms.

Today, the Empretec programme is implemented through its national centres, which are currently in operation in 34 countries. Since its formation in 1988, Empretec has successfully trained over 300,000 people – helping to found or expand businesses, and creating thousands of jobs in the process.

Entrepreneurship helps to eradicate poverty

Entrepreneurship and the development of the private sector are essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty. Entrepreneurs offer a variety of products and services, making economies more resilient and less vulnerable to downturns in particular economic sectors. In addition, they create a sense of practical optimism – given sufficient examples, families and communities understand that going into business is a feasible and effective means of escaping poverty. Empretec operates with these beliefs as a foundation for all its activities.

A personal programme of practical help

The Empretec programme identifies and reinforces personal opportunities through a process of self-assessment. Participants in the training workshops develop clear ideas about what they want to do with their businesses in the short and the long term. With these goals in focus, Empretec helps business owners to improve their core
behaviours; this influences the operation, and, above all, the results of their businesses.

In addition, training, workshops and business forums are organized by Empretec nationally, regionally and internationally.
Empretec offers entrepreneurs:

  • A “one-stop-shop”: The Empretec National Centres provide a wide range of training and business-development services.
  • A life bond: The Empretecos associations (the trainees’ peer network) bring together successful, committed entrepreneurs.
  • Networking and mentoring: Trainers share their training methodology and evaluation tools, run “train the trainers” sessions and offer mentoring.
  • Local certified trainers: Training is delivered locally in Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Swahili.

Last updated: 29 May 2008 15:59