Young entrepreneurs to feature in YouthBiz Showcase 2018

THE Youth@Work (Y@W) Programme in partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI) will host a Youthbiz showcase event from October 4-6, 2018 on the footpath at Commonwealth Street, Point Cruz.

Signifying the theme “Setting the Scene”, the showcase concept builds on the successful Youth Market concept which was based on the need to promote young aspiring entrepreneurs to fully participate in economic activities in the Solomon Islands.

The key difference being the limited number of participants, the involvement of provincial entrepreneurs and the partnership between YECSI and Y@W.

A combined effort to empower young skilled and talented young people who are interested in venturing into the entrepreneurship and finding ways to make a living.

12 young entrepreneurs who have been part of the Y@W Young Entrepreneur’s Component will be featured at the event.

These are young people who have either dropped out of school and could not go further but are passionate about starting a small business.

Most of them see it as a way they can be able to contribute to a social solution in their communities through small scale businesses based on their skills and talents.

The young entrepreneurs are self-taught tailors, weavers, farmers, jewellery makers and industrious persons who make coin boxes and kitchen utensils just to name a few.

Group leader for Y@W Young Entrepreneur’s Component Collin Albert said: “It is the first of its kind for us to do a great collaboration like this, and so the team is excited and grateful for the support we have so far.

“We are excited about having teams from Auki and Gizo travelling over the weekend and meeting up with us, they seem anxious to learn and be part of the YouthBiz showcase 2018.”

Those that are already members of YECSI will be fortunate to attend the first ever YECSI Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday 3rd October at the Heritage Park Hotel.

Setup under the auspices of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), YECSI is established to represent current and aspiring young entrepreneurs in the Solomon Islands.

It will develop into a national advocacy and technical council under SICCI, that provide a platform (and a voice) for young entrepreneurs to creatively engage with policy makers to effect positive change aimed at prompting business and employment aspirations of current and future young entrepreneurs.

YECSI Coordinator, John Wopereis said the Showbiz presents the opportunity for young entrepreneurs in the provinces to become members of YECSI and attend the AGM next Wednesday.

“This is an opportunity for young entrepreneurs taking part in the three-day event to give their contribution to ensure their concerns are taken note of, especially those from the provinces.

“It is also a chance to create and strengthen new and existing partnerships between young people during the networking part of the AGM.”

YECSI is also expected to facilitate support services to young entrepreneurs undertaking mentoring and coaching, business planning and targeted business trainings.


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