The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), in partnership with the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship – Go Negosyo, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and National Youth Commission (NYC) held a three-day seminar-workshop on developing a framework for coaching the country’s out-of-school youth (OSY) on entrepreneurship. About 100 entrepreneurs from the Philippines, China and Indonesia attended the seminar held on August 26-28, 2009 at the Pan Pacific Manila Hotel.
This partnership between government and the private sector was forged with the objective of transforming the out-of-school youth in the Asia-Pacific region into economically-productive and sustainable citizens, by creating a framework that will serve as guide for mentors and coaches in helping out-of-school youth become an entrepreneur including processes, access to financing resources, business support networks, and marketing, among others.
This seminar-workshop brings together entrepreneurship experts, out-of-school youth and mentors/coaches to exchange information on good micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) practices and programs for the out-of-school youth, including various mentoring/coaching approaches employed and resources available.
In developing the framework, six (6) themes were chosen and discussed in this seminar-workshop, namely: learning styles and approaches for transforming OSY into entrepreneurs; self-mastery and entrepreneurship: managing mindset shift from OSY into entrepreneurs; spotting business opportunities for OSY; innovation in marketing: the need for OSY to be market-driving entrepreneurs; taking advantage of science and technology for product and service development and innovation (opportunity expansion); and improving accessibility and availability of financial services for out-of-school youth.
To learn more about the APEC Seminar-Workshop and its results, download the report.
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