New Programme Idea: What Do You Think?
We’ve got a new idea for a programme, and we want your opinion.
In the comments section, let us know:
1. if you think this is a good idea and why or why not,
2. if you would consider paying for this event, and if so, how much?
PCI wants to launch annual international business camps, which will offer entrepreneurial trainings and work-related learning for young people aged 16 to 25.
The camps will be run in developing countries for a week to 10 days. Attended by 50% international and 50% local delegates, they will be interactive and fun with a mix of activities, games, keynote speakers, business workshops, local action projects and cultural events.
Each delegate will be given a ‘buddy’ from the host country, and they will work together to develop a joint concept, which at the end, will have the chance to secure seed funding.
The local delegate will need to have a basic business plan or core idea that will benefit from international involvement, and they will ideally have previous experience running a small business.
The core focus of this concept would be on creative industries and the green economy. Helping individuals or teams to develop concepts and create products which will appeal to international markets and opening distribution channels.
For example, a local delegate could make shoes, jewelry, art or clothing, the international delegate can help develop the ideas and create awareness and demand overseas. Alternatively, business ideas could include digital platforms or tourism, but they would need to be businesses that benefit from overseas involvement.
How it works
Young people from OECD countries will pay a small fee to attend, their fee will cover all in-country costs plus sponsorship for 25 young delegates from the host country.
For this fee, they will receive:
- 7-10 days of food and accommodation plus all in-country travel costs
- Expert tuition and business plan creation clinics
- Successful entrepreneurial speakers
- Peer-to-peer mentorship
- Confidence building and leadership skills
- Communication skills
- Art of decision making and negotiation
- Improved cultural understanding
- Local action projects within the community
- Chance to receive seed funding for developing a website