Thursday, August 14, 2014

The UN and Microsoft want empower 200K Ethiopian entrepreneurs

(Aug 14, 2014, (Addis Ababa))--There is no denying that Africa, and East Africa in particular, is currently buzzing with entrepreneurial activity. Adding to the buzz, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has signed a collaborative agreement with Microsoft East Africa Limited to grow entrepreneurship in the region.
The agreement sees Microsoft providing training and mentorship services to Ethiopia’s UNDP supported Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP) for 200 000 entrepreneurs. These services fall under Microsoft’s flagship entrepreneurship programme in Africa, the 4Afrika Initiative.

The initiative looks at helping African entrepreneurs accelerate their economic development as well as improve the continent’s global competitiveness.“Microsoft brings this vision, as well as its vast experience in providing ICT skills, education and curriculum for developing countries, to the deal,” says the initiative.

This agreement makes perfect sense for the division, which launched a similar programme in Morocco recently to help foster female entrepreneurs in the country  Venture burn. Read more from ventureburn »

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