Projects

Together with our partners, TechnoServe is helping to grow strong markets that create opportunities for enterprising people in the developing world.

Impulsa Tu Empresa

Supported by the Argidius Foundation, Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help more than 800 small and growing businesses boost their growth. Through mentoring, business training and business plan competitions, the program aims to increase sales by $13 million and generate 750 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.

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Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise

TechnoServe is partnering with The MasterCard Foundation to help rural young women and men in East Africa transition to economic independence. The Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE) program delivers a comprehensive package of services including skills training, business development and mentoring to young people ages 18 to 30 in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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Catalyzing Economic Growth in Mining Communities

TechnoServe is implementing two programs in Brazil with the global mining company Anglo American, taking a market systems approach to creating prosperity through enterprise development.

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Social Enterprise Business Plan Competition

TechnoServe conducted Enrich Engage Enable, a business plan competition for social enterprises in five districts of northern Karnataka. From 79 contestants working in diverse industries, the program shortlisted 30 entrepreneurs, each of whom subsequently received 200 hours of business training and mentorship from established entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and industry leaders.

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Girls’ Apprentice Program

A nine-month pilot project funded by the Forward Foundation aims to provide 30 vulnerable young women ages 18 to 24 with the necessary skills and resources to start their own businesses or obtain paid employment. The project will link these young women to successful businesswomen identified from the Women Mean Business program.

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Empowering Urban Women Entrepreneurs

The Accelerating Urban Women Entrepreneurs in South African Metros (AUWESAM) program aims help support aspiring women and young entrepreneurs in metropolitan areas, create jobs and make efficient use of enterprise development funds.

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Building Strong Businesses

Between 2008 and 2011, TechnoServe implemented the business plan competition program Idea Tu Empresa in the Santiago Metropolitan Region, Valparaiso and Concepción. Entrepreneurs with new business ideas and already existing businesses received customized consulting and workshops on topics ranging from negotiation to marketing strategies.

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Promoting Rural Enterprise

TechnoServe Chile led the Business Capacities and Competences Development Program in vulnerable communities of the Biobío Region between 2010 and 2011. Consultants provided business training and workshops to more than 50 participants to help them identify business opportunities.

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Youth-Led Development

Yes Youth Can! (YYC!) is a program that seeks to empower youth in Kenya to promote their own development and become responsible citizens for peace and prosperity. To achieve this goal, YYC! works to build the capacity of youth, youth groups and youth-serving organizations to engage with each other, with business markets, government and communities.

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Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship

Through a European Union-funded program, TechnoServe is aiming to improve the livelihoods of Swazi youth. Using a proven “train the trainer” methodology, TechnoServe will train 20 non-state actor partners in an economic training curriculum, which will create the potential to train up to 19,000 youths in Swaziland.

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Developing the Capacity of Entrepreneurs

Through a seven-year program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, TechnoServe has developed entrepreneurs by focusing on three objectives: support and strengthen today’s entrepreneurs and SMEs, plant the seeds for the entrepreneurs of tomorrow and build local sustainable capacity of financial institutions to support those entrepreneurs and SMEs.

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Incubating to Create Employment

TechnoServe is providing one-on-one support, mentoring and acceleration services to small businesses from poor areas through a 12-month targeted business incubator initiative in order to foster job creation and economic development.

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