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How does the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship work?

Leveraging the strength of ICC’s global network, the Centre of Entrepreneurship pairs entrepreneurs with experts from around the world to provide global trainings, virtual mentoring and coaching. The Centre relies upon the expertise, knowledge, and support of chambers of commerce, businesses, academic institutions, intergovernmental organisations, and ICC’s Knowledge Solutions Department.

As part of its core activities, the Centre of Entrepreneurship hosts a series of talks for entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, businesses, banks, and governments, to address the structural challenges facing emerging and developing markets. This includes gender inclusion, youth employment, and educational opportunity. By bringing together thought leaders, businesses, and entrepreneurs, the Centre is home to a community of innovative professionals keen on challenging convention and transforming the future of business.

What are the objectives of the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship?

  1. Inspire future entrepreneurs

The ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship equips learners with the skills they need to become entrepreneurs and to succeed in an ever-changing world. Educators, employers, and researchers agree that to succeed in the workplace, people need skills and competencies beyond academic knowledge, such as digital and soft skills.

From tailored educational programmes to networking opportunities, the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship provides local entrepreneurs with the required skills, resources, and expertise to turn their ambitious ideas into a reality.

  1. Digitise small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

SMEs represent 80% of the global economy, yet the vast majority lack adequate access to digital technologies. As part of ICC’s commitment to digitise 5 million SMEs, the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship will work on the ground with local small business owners to digitise their operations and provide them with the resources, training, and skills programmes to expand their operations globally.

In line with ICC’s mission and purpose, the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship will make technology work for all by implementing capacity-building programmes that will improve connectivity, expand market access, and accelerate the digital transformation of local SMEs.

  1. Scale up start-ups

The Centre of Entrepreneurship provides entrepreneurs with specialised training, mentoring and support services developed to help them establish, fund, manage and expand their start-ups.

As part of its global partnership with Mind the Bridge, the Centre of Entrepreneurship will enhance local start-up ecosystems and provide local entrepreneurs with the necessary resources and knowledge to bring their ideas to life. The Centre of Entrepreneurship’s tailored mentoring programme will advise local entrepreneurs on how to bring their ideas to life and provide expertise to early stage start-ups and SMEs.

Where is the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship located?

The ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship comprises regional hubs with locations around the world to deliver tailored support to local entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups.

The first Centre of Entrepreneurship was established in Istanbul, Turkey to provide support to Central Asia and the Caucasus region.

The ICC-ESCWA Centre of Entrepreneurship opened its doors in Beirut, Lebanon to provide support to the Middle East and North Africa.

Plans are already underway to launch regional hubs of the ICC Centre of Entrepreneurship in Africa and Latin America.

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