UNDP’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in Ethiopia has partnered with Microsoft East Africa under Microsoft’s4Africa program to train and mentor 200,000 entrepreneurs in the country. This is the first time that training and mentorship of entrepreneurs on such a large scale will take place on the continent.
The statement revealed that as part of the agreement with UNDP Microsoft would supply Senior Executive volunteers to:Provide support, including mentoring entrepreneurs on strategy and marketing, support the best innovators and nominate them for the 4Afrika Innovation Grant Award, provide access to Microsoft BizSpark, a global program that provides free software to startup entrepreneurs and in future, help entrepreneurs exchange products and service and gain global recognition through the Microsoft Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) portal.
UNDP and Microsoft have a strong track record of working well together. They have collaborated previously on projects to promote the eradication of poverty, sustainable development, the rule of law and good governance. There is honestly no reason why this wonderful initiative should not succeed.
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