Supporting entrepreneurs to develop and strengthen their business ideas and supporting small and medium enterprises to increase their capacity for innovation.

Agencia Chilena de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo - Chile
Cámara de Comercio de Bogota - Colombia
Cámara de Comercio de Cartagena - Colombia
Cámara de Comercio de Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic
Cámara de Comercio e Industria de El Salvador - El Salvador
Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Tegucigalpa - Honduras
Cámara de Comercio y Servicios - Nicaragua
Centro Regional de Promoción de la MIPYME – CENPROMYPE – El Salvador
Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo - Colombia
Ministerio de Economía - Guatemala
Ministerio de Industria y Comercio - Dominican Republic
Autoridad de la Micro, Pequeña y Mediana Empresa - Panama
Belize Trade and Investment Development Service - Belize
Comisión Nacional de la Micro y Pequeña Empresa - El Salvador
Ministerio de Economía Familiar Comunitaria, Cooperativa y Asociativa - Nicaragua
Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio - Costa Rica
45 months (November 24th, 2016 - August 23th, 2020)
  • The project has paid a study visit to the Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Extremadura -Science and Technology Park of Extremadura-  with the aim of learning more about the Extremadura ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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  • The ICA2 consulting company, linked to the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM) -Autonomous University of Madrid-, has carried out an international consultancy for the project in the field of knowledge management.

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  • The project paid a study visit to Madrid with the aim of getting to know the Spanish ecosystem of innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of this visit, the project participated in the South Summit, one of the main global events on innovation and entrepreneurship, organized by Spain Startup and IE Business School

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  • The European policies for strengthening productive capacity and sustainable business development were a reference during the project's development. In particular, the Communication entitled ""Pensar primero a pequeña escala" "Small Business Act" para Europa: iniciativa en favor de las pequeñas empresas".

  • The project took part in the workshop called "Planning of triangular cooperation projects" organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit / German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) as part of the "Training Network on Triangular Cooperation for projects between Latin America and the Caribbean and Germany".


    • Visita de estudio a España y participación en el South Summit, en Madrid, para conocer experiencias españolas e internacionales en planificación y gestión de políticas de emprendimiento y desarrollo empresarial
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    • Visita de estudio al ‘Parque Científico y Tecnológico de Extremadura (PCTEX)’, en Cáceres, para conocer experiencias en planificación y gestión de políticas de emprendimiento y desarrollo empresarial desde un enfoque regional
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    • Intercambio de experiencias entre los proyectos EDEM y MIRADA CIUDADANA sobre emprendimiento y desarrollo empresarial, en Uruguay, para exportar la experiencia del proyecto EDEM al ámbito de actuación del proyecto MIRADA CIUDADANA
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ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation
ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation

EDEM aims to support entrepreneurs and business men from Mesoamerica to develop and strengthen their business and business ideas. They have income as a result of their own effort and their capacity for innovation. The above is essential to reduce inequalities and eradicate the poverty of our countries. We are not alone, we do it together with governments, entities of support to the entrepreneur, private sector and social sector, based on successful Colombian experiences.


Goal 1.2

By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions


The EDEM project contributes to Target 1.2 by strengthening the skills of entrepreneurs and businessmen so that their business ideas and enterprises are strengthened and generate jobs and income. To this end, the project transfers successful tools from Colombia to 8 countries of Mesoamerica for implementation, so that the rates of business creation and its life time increase.

Indicator 1.2.1

Proportion of population living below the national poverty line, by sex and age


As the entrepreneurial ecosystems of the 8 beneficiary countries increase their impact on business creation and strengthening, more jobs and income-generating opportunities are created, reducing the number of people below the poverty line. On the other hand, more dynamic entrepreneurship ecosystems strengthen a mindset and culture for entrepreneurship in the region that encourages economic development.

Goal 8.3

Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services


The EDEM project contributes to Target 8.3 by strengthening the "SICA Emprende" strategy in the beneficiary countries. In some of them, this strategy has been turned into a law of entrepreneurship and the EDEM project strengthens this regulation by providing tools to support entrepreneurship at the service of the entrepreneur in the 5 SICA pillars: mentality and culture, support, education, articulation, financing.

Indicator 8.3.1


The project contributes to this indicator by strengthening the entities belonging to the entrepreneurial ecosystems in their accompaniment of entrepreneurs and microenterprises, in such a way that more people are able to increase their income by starting businesses and creating jobs.


Goal 9.3

Increase the access of small-scale industrial and other enterprises, in particular in developing countries, to financial services, including affordable credit, and their integration into value chains and markets


The EDEM project contributes to Target 9.3 through the transfer of financial tools to support entrepreneurship: seed capital fund and investing angels. These tools, with successful methodologies that are being applied in Colombia, will be implemented in the region with the support of Cenpromype within the framework of the "SICA emprende" strategy, facilitating access to financing for entrepreneurs in the project's beneficiary countries, with the support of the public and private sectors.



ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean
Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica - EDEM
Bogotá - Cali

The event took place from April 16 to 24, 2018 in Bogota and Cali and had the participation of 3 delegates from each of the following countries: Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Panama, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica and 3 delegates from Cartagena, who were in contact with the following institutions: the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, SENA, Parquesoft Colombia, Universidad del Rosario, Confecámaras, Compensar, Pilot University innpulsa, Fondo Emprender del Sena, Chambers of Commerce of Bogotá , Caldas and Casanare, progra

Past events

Jan 21 - Jan 23, 20198:30 AM
Bogotá, Colombia
Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica - EDEM

Transfer Workshop of the UP model of the Pilot University of Colombia.

The UP model is a program thinking about cycles that it seeks to generate in three stages of the process, personal skills, prototypes and business models. The program is inspired by the Finnish model, in which at first moment, through some directed questions, the entrepreneur is led to collide with his reality as a possible entrepreneur. The other...

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Sep 25 - 28, 2018
Armenia y Bogota, Colombia
Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica - EDEM

Knowledge transfer workshop for the support tool, SENA entrepreneurship model

Participants will visit companies that have been set up in this region (Armenia - Eje Cafetero) to witness success stories facilitated by the rural entrepreneurship model SENA and will draw up a working plan to implement the tool. This workshop will be attended by 29 delegates from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama and Dominican Republic.

Sep 25 - 28, 2018
Bogotá, Colombia
Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica - EDEM

Knowledge transfer workshop for the support tool Valle E

The aim of the Valle E programme is to promote emerging projects or companies that are highly innovative and have fast, profitable and sustainable potential for growth, so that they grow at above average rates and thus promote the growth of a territory, in addition to contributing to the strengthening of the national ecosystem...

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Sep 24 - 28, 2018
Bogotá, Colombia
Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica - EDEM

Workshop for the Comprehensive Business Services Model MISE

Training sessions will be held on issues such as Strategy, Marketing, Finance, Production and Innovation for delegates of the chambers that have benefitted from the programme that supports and fosters the development of regional strategy for entrepreneurship, innovation and business development in countries of Mesoamerica. It will involve 11...

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Apr 16 - Apr 20, 2018
Bogotá and Cali, Colombia
Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica - EDEM

First Meeting for Representatives of Mesoamerica

Consolidate an efficient flow of information between the institutions participating in the project "Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica", with the aim of advancing the proper management and implementation of the project.

Representatives of the institutions involved are taking part: Ministries...

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