International Course: Innovative Entrepreneurship "From an Idea to Starting a Business"

Israel, 28 August – 14 September, 2017: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, MASHAV (Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation) and the Golda Meir MASHAV-Carmel International Training Center, in collaboration with Young Americas Business Trust (YABT) and the Organization of American States (OAS), presented an International Course on Innovation in Entrepreneurship recently in Israel.

The course was a great success, with representatives from Rwanda, Georgia, Colombia, Myanmar, Cote D'Ivoire, India, Albania, Kenya, Vietnam, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, and more participating in workshops around the theme of modern innovations in the world of business development.

Israel is informally known as the “Start-Up Nation", and served as an appropriate setting for this more than two week long series of sessions dedicated to the exchange of best practices and successful examples between developing nations. Participants shared their own domestic experiences and acquired knowledge that they will be able to replicate in their communities in order to strengthen their own entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Many themes were addressed during the course, including: Technological Platforms, Crowd-funding, Fundraising, E-commerce, elevator pitches and marketing tools, Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship, fostering innovation. Participants had the opportunity to depart for study visits in the Haifa field of technology, visiting a social laboratory for product design and 3D printing, a branding studio and a       co-working space for Haifa's entrepreneurs. They also met with numerous female entrepreneurs in the region. Participants worked in teams to develop a final project over the course period, which they presented for evaluation at the final culmination of the events.

Apart from the rigorous curriculum of the two week stretch, representatives were able to take full advantage of their environment, departing for a guided tour of Jerusalem, where they were able to visit various religious and historical sites. They also had an afternoon of folklore, where they were able to share music and traditions from their home countries.

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. 

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