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Entrepreneurship Efforts

President Obama’s June 2009 Cairo speech, "A New Beginning," and the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April 2010, established global entrepreneurship as a vital element in our foreign economic and development policy.

Global Entrepreneurship Program
Coordinated by the State Department's Economic and Business Affairs Bureau, the Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) seeks to enlist and coordinate partners by identifying entrepreneurs, training them, connecting and sustaining them, guiding them to financing, facilitating market access, enabling supportive policy, and celebrating their successes. The Global Entrepreneurship Program also coordinates with other U.S. Government initiatives towards these activities. More»

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Centers of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) are physical entrepreneurial community centers in a safe and centralized location. At these centers, women gain access to vital resources that both enable established business to build capacity and allow microenterprises to move from the informal sector into the formal sector. More»

The Resilient, Entrepreneurial, And Dynamic Youth (READY) Initiative teaches at-risk youth between the ages of 18 to 30 how to code, places them in a pre-arranged online internship with a technology company, and prepares them for online employment upon completion of the program. This low-cost pathway to virtual employment offers vulnerable youth a positive alternative and enables them to become productive members of society. The READY Initiative emphasizes the importance of developing students’ interpersonal communication and leadership skills, giving youth greater command of the English language, and equipping them with relevant technical knowledge. More»

Mexico-United States Entrepreneurship and Innovation Council (MUSEIC)
MUSEIC is a bi-national partnership that aims to enhance regional competitiveness by strengthening the North American high-impact entrepreneurship eco-system. It was created by the governments of Mexico and the United States to bring together a variety of stakeholders from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to address entrepreneurial challenges faced by the two nations. More»

Partners for a New Beginning
This independent group of 12 eminent Americans, chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; Walter Isaacson, President of the Aspen Institute; and Muhtar Kent, CEO of Coca-Cola, will champion a new effort that reaches out to the full array of U.S. private sector partners--companies, universities, foundations, and NGOs--to contribute resources and capabilities to advance the New Beginning effort. More»

TechWomen Program
TechWomen is a professional mentorship program for women from eligible Muslim-majority countries working in technology. Participants travel to the U.S. to work with mid-level female employees at U.S. firms, and select American counterparts will travel to participants' home regions to offer skills development for a broader range of women. More»

Middle East Partnership Initiative and Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship is a key vehicle to improve economic conditions and expand job creation and social change in the MENA region. MEPI is committed to fostering economic and social entrepreneurship to unlock innovation, spur private sector development, and create new employment opportunities for the region’s young population. More»


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