On May 29, 2019, Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) and USAID Zrda Activity joint Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program launching event was held. The event was attended by Vano Grigolashvili, chairman of RDFG, Veronica Lee, Director of Economic Growth Office, USAID and Brian King, Chief of Party for the USAID Zrda Activity. Among the invited guests also were the representatives of the public and private sector supporting the project, including guests from: Agricultural Projects’ Management Agency, Creative Georgia, Enterprise Georgia, Financial Inclusion Organization Crystal, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, National Bank of Georgia and National Tourism Administration.
Within the event, opening speech was delivered by Vano Grigolashvili, Chairman of RDFG, who emphasized the importance of the Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program. Afterwards, Veronica Lee, Director of Economic Growth Office, USAID and Brian King, Chief of Party for the USAID Zrda Activity spoke about the USAID Zrda Activity and its main aim in Georgia. Then the project presentation began.
Revaz Javelidze, Youth Engagement Team Leader of RDFG, presented the project and explained the concrete activities planned in the 9 target municipalities chosen within the project. Then the audience had an opportunity to get the answers to the questions about the project.
USAID Zrda Activity and Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG) joint Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program aims to strengthen Rural Youth through Entrepreneurship. Within the project, entrepreneurship skills development trainings will be conducted into two stages. All in all, 5 hundred young people (age of 18-29) living in the 9 target municipalities (Zugdidi, Borjomi, Aspindza, Adigeni, Ninotsminda, Marneuli, Bolnisi, Kaspi and Gori) will be engaged in the project. The training sessions will be implemented on the basis of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) entrepreneurial-training manual and will be held in 9 municipalities at the same time. Within each phase, maximum 25 people will be invited to participate in the training sessions in each municipality. After this, the project participants will be required to present their business ideas related to Agriculture, Tourism, Innovations/Technologies and Creative Industry.
Within the second stage, after completion of the local training sessions, the authors of 15 entrepreneurial ideas or the group of authors (max of 3) will be invited to the boot camp in Tbilisi where during 6-7 days they will have an opportunity to attend the intensive training sessions and work on turning their own ideas into the business projects. At the end of the boot camp, the jury will reveal 3 winner business projects that will be awarded with grants:
- 10 000 GEL
- 8 000 GEL
- 6 000 GEL
The project is supported by Enterprise Georgia, Creative Georgia, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, National Tourism Administration, Agricultural Project’s Management Agency, Crystal Fund, National Bank of Georgia, etc.
The project will be implemented into 3 phases: I and II phases – Summer and Fall, 2019; III phase – Spring of 2010.
The key outputs of the project:
- At least 5 hundred rural youth will undergo entrepreneurship trainings;
- At least 5 new enterprise will be created, 25 people will be employed.