Empowering Entrepreneurs in Developing Economies through Social Innovation

In addressing the current innovation gap for developing economies, Global Minds Network is collaborating with local business schools and non-profit organizations to design a unique capacity-building program that empowers and engages high potential youth in social entrepreneurship, from concept to execution.

The ‘Empower’ pilot program was successfully launched in Kathmandu, Nepal in May 2019. The program focused on peer learning and mentoring through interdisciplinary teams with youth who were supported by a local eco system. The two week intensive training program involved two phases, from “Understanding Problems and Creating Solutions” to “Making It Happen: Turning Ideas into Actions”. Teams were organized by  community challenges: Air pollution, waste management, job skills training, and education for women and children. The final day and team pitches delivered impressive solutions with awards for ‘Best Social Impact Idea’ (Community hub for clean water) and the ‘Best Social Action Plan’ (Greeting cards with seeds to promote a green environment). Certificates of Completion were awarded to all participants for mastering social entrepreneurship!

We are now developing an online platform and seeking funding for expanding our program in Nepal and more countries in Africa and South Asia. Due to the pandemic, we were not able to deliver our program to Nepal in 2020. It has also placed new programs on hold for Cambodia, Ghana, and Ethiopia. This calls for a new learning design that combines online training with on-site delivery. We believe that fundamental challenges of economic disparities, poverty, women’s empowerment, and youth unemployment can be addressed through the power of social entrepreneurship in developing economies in 2021 and beyond.

Let’s create positive change and new opportunities for the next generation of local and global entrepreneurs. We look forward to your continued support for the Empower Social Entrepreneurship program in creating meaningful change for youth and communities in poverty.