Entrepreneurship and Business Development in Mesoamerica - EDEM

The Mesoamerican project’s first meeting of experts on entrepreneurship is successfully concluded.

Bogotá - Cali
May 21, 2018
ADELANTE Programme: Triangular Cooperation European Union Latin America and the Caribbean

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, Apps.co program from the ICT ministry, the Héroes Fest de Innpulsa entrepreneurship festival, the ASEC-Andi entrepreneurs' association, the Valle del Cauca Regional Entrepreneurship Network, the Valle-E entrepreneurship program and the model of entrepreneurship at the Javeriana University.

Among other topics, the development of entrepreneurial skills, the evolution of the accompaniment scheme for entrepreneurs at an early stage, challenges in the dynamization of territorial schemes, as well as the implementation of financial and non-financial instruments to support entrepreneurship were discussed.

Currently in the execution of the project with the support of CENPROMYPE, the diagnostic phase of the entrepreneurial systems of the beneficiary countries is developed. In the context of this phase, the first meeting of Entrepreneurship Referents was held, which seeks that the delegates of the beneficiary countries know first-hand the experiences, models, tools and successful cases of entrepreneurship in Colombia available to be transferred, for that in this way, the countries elaborate the action plans that will be developed during the years 2018 and 2019 in accordance with the three results of the project that are: a) policies and guidelines that promote the national and territorial ecosystems of entrepreneurship, b) methodologies , tools and instruments for both public and private institutions that improve the provision of services for the promotion and development of entrepreneurship and c) financial instruments for the promotion of entrepreneurship.

Finally, based on this extensive socialization of support tools for entrepreneurship on a national and regional level, the participants selected under criteria of relevance, and technical capacity and alignment to the national entrepreneurship policies, those tools that could be transferred and implemented in the respective countries.