Business Development Training Sessions

Washington, DC, May 10th of 2016 – More than 280 participants attended a series of three virtual trainings on Entrepreneurship Development coordinated by the Young Americas Business Trust, through their BOOT Camp platform: YABT Business Opportunity Online Training – BOOTCamp.

The set of trainings started on April 26th with the session “Solutions and Financial Education for Entrepreneurs”, by Ariel Jones, Business Development Manager from the City of Knowledge in Panama. During his exposition, Mr. Jones highlighted basic guidelines to instruct entrepreneurs in the evaluation and formulation of effective financial measures for their business models. Likewise, he explained basic aspects on valuation and capitalization of businesses, highlighting key elements in order to attract investment opportunities.

“The experience and knowledge of the fields of each one of the exhibitors was noticeable through the valuable content that each one exposed”, said Galán Mosquera, a young Panamanian entrepreneur. “…do continue providing opportunities to keep strengthening the enterprising community of America”, added Mr. Mosquera, in company of other entrepreneurs from the Innovation Center in the City of Knowledge.

The second session took place on April 27th, conducted by Laura Segarra, Coordinator of the Innovative Entrepreneurship and Innovation Center at the ITESM Campus Guadalajara. Segarra, who is also an associate of La Jabonera Centro de Diseño S.A., exposed on “Innovation as a Strategy for Market Development for SMEs”.

“Innovation as a process involves inspiration, ideation and implementation stages”, emphasized the specialist on innovation from ITESM, who initiated her steps as an entrepreneur in her native city, Queretaro.

The set of trainings ended on April 28th with the session “SBDCs: Addressing Strategies and Focuses”. In this session, Edgar Maestre, from the Young Americas Business Trust (YABT), provided a general focus on the critical elements and guidelines for the definition, implementation and management of support models for entrepreneurial development or Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs).  

Maestre highlighted, among other things, the minimum conditions that are required to successfully start Small Business Development Centers, explaining approaches, stages, and strategies of promotion and sustainability. Likewise, he shared success cases from Israel and other Latin American countries.

“Without any doubts, this has been an enriching experience from the instructive and educational point of view, recommended to everyone who wants to start a business and innovate”, said Marces Contreras, a young Venezuelan who participated in trainings.

The videos and materials from the three sessions are available at:

To get more information or explore alliances with the YABT to expand these types of programs, please contact Jose Clautier, Program Officer, through


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