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Business Labs on Green and Cultural Enterprises in Suriname and Dominica
Suriname and Dominica

These "hands-on" workshops, taking place from August 20-24, 2012, are based on experiential learning exercises, inspiring action and encouraging young people to develop their ideas into real businesses. During the Business Labs, participants will identify the challenges of business creation and will develop skills to create green and cultural enterprises that help address the challenges facing their communities and their nations. The "Business Labs focused on Green Enterprises" is hosted in Paramaribo, Suriname, at the Cultural Centrum Suriname, and the "Business Labs focused on Cultural Enterprises" is taking place in Roseau, Dominica, at the Garraway Hotel.

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Barbados and the OECS and the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) partner to implement the entrepreneurship component in a larger UNDP project called: Youth-Innovation (Youth-IN): A Caribbean network for youth development, which promotes youth INclusion, youth INnovation, youth INterest and youth INvolvement. Participants will be eligible to compete at the upcoming Caribbean Innovation Challenge, a regional competition promoting innovation, entrepreneurial initiatives and key resources for young people in the Caribbean.

This unique methodology offers an opportunity for young people to gain an understanding of eco-friendly enterprises and how to start a business that contributes to sustainable economic development. The course will offer technical skills and advice on business planning, marketing, branding and evaluation of potential clients and markets.

The Business Labs are held in collaboration with international and national partners such as the Mount Carmel International Training Center MCTC / MASHAV, the Ministry of Youth and the Women's Business Group Foundation in Suriname, and the Ministry of Youth and the Dominica Youth Business Trust in Dominica.

For more information about Youth-IN, visit: http://www.youth-in.com

Find Youth-IN in Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/youthinnovation or Contact:

Stay tuned for the announcement of the Caribbean Innovation Challenge at Youth-IN Entrepreneurship Facebook Group!

For more information, contact:
Paula Hidalgo Sanchis, Ph.D.
Project Coordinator Youth-In
UNDP Barbados and the OECS
paula.hidalgo.sanchis@undp.org
T: 1 246 467-6041

Valerie Lorena
Executive Director
Young Americas Business Trust
E-mail: Valerie.lorena@yabt.net
T : 1 202 458-6297

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer a global perspective with local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), a nonprofit corporation created in 1999, works in cooperation with General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS), to promote the social economic development among young people around the world. YABT is an organization of young people for young people. YABT is a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit corporation recognized by the US Internal Revenue Service.

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