Entrepreneurship is the creative force of economic development. Entrepreneurs create new goods and services and develop innovative solutions. They also play a vital role in the development of democracy. Entrepreneurship expands opportunity, unleashes individual initiative, and cultivates independent citizens who have a stake in society and democratic governance. It plays a key role in building not just prosperous economies but democracies that deliver opportunity to their citizens.
In most countries, however, entrepreneurs still struggle with the basics of launching and growing their businesses because legal and institutional barriers to economic participation persist. Building a truly competitive entrepreneurship ecosystem requires an environment where businesses operate on a level playing field where rights are protected.
CIPE's programs around the world help entrepreneurs to become a driving force for reform, by working together and making their voices heard in the policymaking process through business associations and chambers of commerce.
Entrepreneurship Programs at CIPE
Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE acts to build opportunity for entrepreneurs in these areas:
- Facilitate business environment reforms that lower the barriers to starting, operating, and growing a business.
- Equip business associations to serve their members’ needs and advocate for policies supportive of entrepreneurship.
- Educate youth on entrepreneurship, fundamentals of market economy, and civic leadership.
- Empower women through entrepreneurship and advocacy for women in business.
- Strengthen institutions such as property rights and rule of law.
Teaching Young Entrepreneurs
Afghanistan: Through the Tashabos curriculum, CIPE provides civics and entrepreneurship training for teachers and students.
- 50,000 students, 44 schools, four provinces
- 1,280 jobs created
- 748 new or improved businesses
Nepal: CIPE partner Samriddhi, the Prosperity Foundation hosts Arthalaya, an intensive five-day entrepreneurship workshop that includes mock debates, business simulations, and lectures.
- More than 360 graduates
- 24 Entrepreneurs’ Clubs established in colleges and universities
Peru: CIPE and think tank Instituto Invertir launched EmprendeAhora, a civic leadership and entrepreneurship program for university students from rural areas.
- More than 530 students trained
- 23 regions of Peru
- 130 new businesses created
Improving the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
Jordan: More than 1,800 small and medium enterprises registered after the Young Entrepreneurs Association successfully championed an amendment to the Companies Law that reduced the minimum capital requirement for limited liability companies.
Egypt: Hundreds of Egyptian decrees that the Federation of Economic Development Associations advocated for repeal have been removed, including lifting restrictions on importing machinery for factories.
Montenegro: CIPE and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Development shortened and simplified the registration process for new businesses, virtually eliminating registration fees.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
CIPE is an active participant and official partner of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
- Access to Information
- Business Association Development
- Combating Corruption
- Corporate Citizenship (CSR)
- Corporate Governance
- Democratic Governance
- Informal Sector & Property Rights
- Legal & Regulatory Reform
- Middle East & North Africa
- Latin America & the Caribbean
- South Asia
Creating the Environment for Entrepreneurial Succes
This report, from an international group of experts, highlights the importance of fostering "entrepreneurship ecosystems" and how this can be accomplished.
Entrepreneurship education in Afghanistan
Democracy that Delivers for Entrepreneurs
An international conference held in Chicago, IL in April 2013.