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.

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swissontact, cambodia
11.5437912
104.9215138
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swisscontact guatemala
14.5868431
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kigali rwanda
-1.9440727
30.0618851
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kampala, uganda
0.3475964
32.5825197
Project duration
2018 - 2021

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 SDC (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA).

News

Guatemala, Germany, Switzerland
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
11.05.2021
A new Ecosystem Health Check for your Startup Community
Swisscontact and Startup Heatmap Europe* have joined forces to develop a self-serving toolkit that empowers startup hubs all around the world to measure the health of their ecosystems. The toolkit supports managers of startup programs, university incubators, research transfer organizations, ecosystem builders and policy makers to track the progress of their ecosystem build-up.
Cambodia
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
20.01.2021
An analysis of the Phnom Penh entrepreneurial ecosystem
An entrepreneur's support network is a vital element in the journey to a successful business. The Credit Suisse – Swisscontact (CSSC) Initiative published new research conducted together with Impact Hub Phnom Penh to understand how well the players in the entrepreneurial network of people and resources are connected in Cambodia's capital city.
Rwanda
Entrepreneurial ecosystems
29.06.2020
Bringing the Kigali Entrepreneurial Ecosystem to New Heights
The Story of Aneth Batamuliza, Hub Network Community Manager