YABT will train young entrepreneurs from Peru with the Business Lab methodology

Lima, Peru, May 17, 2014 - The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is pleased to announce the kick-off of the Business Laboratory Workshop, focused on innovation, held in the capital of Peru, from 19 to 23 May. This workshop is possible thanks to support from the State of Israel and local strategic partners, including the UNACEM Association, the Embassy of Canada, and World University Service of Canada (WUSC).

The workshop, which will train 31 young entrepreneur beneficiaries of UNACEM's project Promoviendo Éxito Joven (Promoting Youth Success), aims to build local capacity to improve business competitiveness through the design and management of innovation in business processes among this group of Peruvian youth. With this training, the program seeks to position innovation as an essential element in improving entrepreneurship and employability among youth, while creating links with other programs for continued support once the workshop has ended.

The training is a product of international technical cooperation between YABT, the Israeli Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV) and, the Golda Meir-Mount Carmel International Training Centre (MCTC) in Haifa. The training team is led by Guillermo Levinton and Laura Altschuler, MCTC specialists with extensive international experience in training and business development programs.

The participants of the workshop are in the implementation stage of their business plans, as part of the programs led by the UNACEM Association. Their businesses target different sectors of the economy, receiving support services to accelerate their positioning in the market and expand through a business proposal characterized by innovation management. In addition, a group of six business tutors from the UNACEM Association who work directly with young entrepreneurs will participate.

This program makes possible the transfer of knowledge from Israel, a country renowned for its advances in innovation and promotion of entrepreneurship in diverse sectors. Starting on the first day of the workshop, participants work on the conceptualization and validation of many ideas, which are then developed during the workshop with close guidance from the Israeli experts. For future workshops, the program envisages the participation of representatives from local entities which also support innovation.

The opening ceremony of the workshop has confirmed the presence of the General Manager of the Andean Cements Union, Mr. Carlos Ugas Delgado; the representative of the OAS in Peru, Dr. Pablo Zuñiga; and the Ambassador of Israel in Peru, H.E. Modi Ephraim.

For more information, please contact YABT representative Edgar Maestre: edgar.maestre@yabt.net.