Workshop to assist aspiring entrepreneurs

MORE youth nowadays are being encouraged to participate in entrepreneurship and to become job creators instead of job seekers.

While this is on Government’s agenda, private sector involvement and initiatives will fasttrack this in becoming a reality.

An example of this would be University of the South Pacific (USP) Entrepreneurial/Small Micro-Enterprise initiative (SME), which targets USP students and aspiring young entrepreneurs.

The initiative, co-organised by USP and the Pacific Islands Private Sectors Organisation (PIPSO), is a series of workshops which focused on topics related to entrepreneurship.

The first workshop was held in May at USP during the 2017 Entrepreneurial and Career Fair and was attended by more than 80 participants.

According to PIPSO business adviser production and productivity specialist David Sutherland, the second phase of the initiative is to raise awareness and assist those who are aspiring entrepreneurs.

“We are hoping to be able to capture the people who do have an idea, concept or vision and want to move to the next level,” he said.

Participants in the upcoming workshop will go through activities designed to capture and assess business ideas and work towards building their own business plan.

It will also include panel discussion consisting of local entrepreneurs and small business operators.

The second phase of the workshop was set up in response to the high interest and feedback received by USP and PIPSO following their initial entrepreneur workshop earlier this year.

The theme of the second phase is driving your idea, vision, concept into a business venture.

Meanwhile, USP and PIPSO have also planned a three-phase approach and that is to further engage and help young entrepreneurs.

Part of their plan is to introduce a Business innovation centre think tank.

It aims to establish an environment that can facilitate links, provide assistance and create dialogue between aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners with USP business students, entrepreneurs, small business operators and business development mentors.

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