“Microenterprise Support Systems” Course in Israel

Haifa, Israel, March 30, 2016 – Within the framework of the cooperation agreement established between the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), the international course delivered in the Mount Carmel International Training Center (MCTC) concluded successfully.

Representatives from Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Panama, Guatemala and Costa Rica participated in the 20-day training program in Israel on “Microenterprise Support Systems.” Coming from the public sector as well as the private, 27 young people from various places in the western hemisphere were responsible for sharing national experiences and acquiring knowledge to replicate in their communities in order to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystems referencing the leading case of Israel, the “Start-Up Nation.”

Among the topics addressed during the course, it is worth mentioning: “The SMEs in the Digital World,” “Israel, Ecosystem of Innovative Development,” “Creating an Innovation State of Mind,” “The Microenterprise in Times of Change – Obstacles and Opportunities,” “Israeli Technology and the Emerging Markets of Latin America,” “Women Entrepreneurs in Israel,” among others.

Outside of the MCTC training center, participants visited various local businesses where they could share experiences with successful Israeli entrepreneurs. Another highlight of the field visits was the visits to industrial parks, business incubators and entrepreneurship centers. There, the most prominent subjects studied were: “Identification of opportunities and transformation to businesses in the peripheral areas” and “Visits to microenterprises in the area.”

The MASHAV scholarship recipients benefited from microenterprise support training and cultural visits to historical and religious points of interest such as Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the cities of Haifa and Tel Aviv.

As the final course work, the participants were entrusted with the group development of an application for mobile phones with pertinent content reflecting the needs of their countries. The professional level of the participants was evident in the quality of the resulting products of this activity. It should be noted that the participants promised to give continuity to these projects nationally generating a concrete impact in their communities.

The closing ceremony of the course was presided over by Ambassador Mattanya Cohen, Director of the Training Department of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The closing ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps of the Embassies, the young participants, YABT and MASHAV representatives.

This international course forms a part of the cooperation agreement between YABT and MASHAV, through which two annual courses are taught in Israel, one in Spanish and the other in English. Also, each year Israeli experts give twelve workshops at the national level in different countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2016, they have already implemented two workshops in Israel, and in Latin America they have developed workshops in Peru, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay.

To learn about the next courses visit http://yabt.net/es/actividades.php

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YABT, MCTC and Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV), maintain close cooperation to support the countries of the Americas, in their efforts to promote and develop programs and policies that convert entrepreneurship into an engine of sustainable economic growth.

The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) is a nonprofit organization that works in cooperation with the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS). YABT supports the objectives of the OAS and mandates of the Summit of the Americas, to develop and implement program and activities that foster the entrepreneurial spirit and leadership in young people of the countries of the Americas – combating poverty and creating greater opportunities for youth.