Credit Suisse - Swisscontact Initiative to promote entrepreneurship and innovation

The initiative serves to represent entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries and emerging economies. Through skills transfer and cooperation, select private and public partner institutions work to enhance the economic and social significance of entrepreneurship, fostering entrepreneurial thinking and action.

The initiative creates awareness of the need for support and an enabling environment in entrepreneurship ecosystems in terms of improving the chances of survival rates for start-ups around the world and foster their growth. Donors, investors, and local actors in target countries are brought together. Knowledge exchange within these networks is tested in order to develop effective mechanisms. Emphasis is placed on identifying and eliminating bottlenecks in a company’s access to finance at different phases of its development.

Active inclusion of global entrepreneurship promotion projects makes it possible to aggregate, analyse, and quantify interventions and program results. In turn, these results flow into new and innovative programme models. Longstanding experience and proven procedures can be factored in the entrepreneurship ecosystem, strengthening the services environment for start-ups and thereby fostering open discussion to promote a positive company image.

swissontact, cambodia
swisscontact guatemala
kigali rwanda
kampala, uganda
Project duration
2018 - 2022

The project

The project works with local representatives within the business ecosystem to allow them access to knowledge, project approaches, and resources. These activities include the following:
  • Consolidation
    International knowledge stemming from internal and external sources undergoes consolidation. Knowledge gaps are identified and addressed within these international networks.
  • Mobilisation
    Best practices are encouraged, first to create mutual understanding, and second to mobilise partners to apply these practices and work together to close knowledge gaps.
  • Engagement
    The engagement step focuses on making changes in the business ecosystem through identification of best practices.
  • Implementation
    Working for people and supporting their entrepreneurial motivation while promoting the best approaches lie at the heart of our engagement. Change champions guide this process. Technical and marketing experts along with successful entrepreneurs serve as ambassadors and create a global learning channel. In their global roles as experts they link actors together and are examples and motivators in their own markets.

Financing partners

This project is financed by Credit Suisse. It is part of the Swisscontact Development Programme, which is co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA. 


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