It was inspiring to see so many impactful and collaborative programmes showcased during the awards event, which took place in London on 1st June.
ICS Entrepreneur is an innovative way of addressing high levels of youth unemployment, one of the biggest problems facing developing countries around the world. In Nicaragua and Tanzania, 52% and 68% of the respective populations live in poverty, and youth unemployment is soaring. However, rural areas are providing a unique environment for entrepreneurship to thrive. As part of the ICS Entrepreneur programme, Raleigh International volunteers are working alongside aspiring entrepreneurs to find innovative ways to transform the economic prospects of rural communities.
Since June 2014, young businessmen and women from developing countries have received focused support from Raleigh volunteers to develop, implement and sustain a successful business. Entrepreneurs receive tailored support from mentors and volunteers from the UK, Nicaragua and Tanzania in areas such as research, business planning, marketing and pitching. Uniquely, volunteers live within communities throughout the programme, providing intensive support to build self-belief and momentum amongst the local entrepreneurs.
Raleigh ICS Entrepreneur gives young people the self-belief and motivation to innovate, in order to play a vital role in the economic development of their regions. As their businesses grow, they can provide sustainable job opportunities which will allow young people to live the quality of life they aspire to.
Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to everybody involved with the Raleigh ICS Entrepreneur programme.