RDFG is Announcing for the Participation in the Final Phase of the Youth Entrepreneurship Program

Due to the the state of emergency aiming to prevent the spread of Covid-19, program participation dates have changed:

  • Registration deadline: instead of April 22, June 8, 18:00
  • Local trainings: instead of April 25-26, June 13-14.
  • Boot Camp: instead of May 24-31, July 12-19

Please note that if the current situation in the country does not change and the state of emergency will be extended, the above dates of the program will change accordingly.

Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG), within the USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia, is announcing for the participation in the phase III of the Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program (Program) aiming to strengthen rural youth through entrepreneurship. Within the program, at least 3 winner business projects will be selected by the Grant Selection Committee and will be awarded grants with the maximum value of 10 000 GEL per project. The Program is supported by Enterprise Georgia, Creative Georgia, Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency, National Tourism Administration, Agricultural Projects’ Management Agency, Financial Inclusion Organization Crystal, National Bank of Georgia, and TBC Bank.

Within the I and II phases of the program held in Summer and Fall of 2019, 10 winner projects were eventually selected and awarded grants. The Program winners developed the projects from agriculture and creative industries, such as production of rye and buckwheat bread and biscuits in Gori; production of succulent plants in Zugdidi; support to production of traditional Georgian folk instruments in Kaspi; production of piquant jams in Aspinda; support to small sewing shop in Adigeni; production of iron engraved crafts in Kaspi; support to nail salon in Bolnisi; production of apple vinegar in Gori; electrical service in Kaspi; and support to the online platform Ra Vachuko in Zugdidi.

Within the Program, entrepreneurship skills development trainings will be conducted into two stages for youth (age of 18-29) living in the 9 target municipalities (Zugdidi, Borjomi, Aspindza, Adigeni, Ninotsminda, Marneuli, Bolnisi, Kaspi and Gori). The training sessions will be implemented based on the adapted United Nations Industrial Development Organization’s (UNIDO) entrepreneurial-training manual and will be held in 9 municipalities at the same time. Within the II stage of the program, maximum 25 people will be invited to participate in training sessions in each municipality.

After the local trainings, the Program participants will be required to present their business ideas related to agriculture, tourism, innovations/technologies and creative industries [1]. Then, authors of at least 15 entrepreneurial ideas or the group of authors (max of 3) will be invited to the boot camp where they will have an opportunity to attend intensive training sessions and will work on turning their own ideas into business projects. On the final stage of program, the independent Grant Selection Committee will select at least 3 winner business projects eligible for funding with the maximum amount of 10 000 GEL per project.

Phase III of the program will be implemented from June to July of 2020:

  • June 13-14 – local trainings
  • July 12-19 – boot camp for selected projects’ authors

The key outputs of the program

  • At least 500 youth will undergo entrepreneurship trainings;
  • At least 5 new enterprise will be created, and 25 people will be employed.

To participate in the project, please, register here: http://rdfg.ge/ka/phase-3-registration/

The deadline for the registration is June 8 2020, 18:00

For any further information contact us:
Philip Abuseridze – Regional Youth Entrepreneurship Program Assistant, RDFG
E-mail: pabuseridze@rdfg.ge

Revaz Javelidze – Youth Engagement Team Leader, RDFG
E-mail: rjavelidze@rdfg.ge

[1] Creative industries include: music, cinema/video; literature / publishing; architecture; painting; media / communication; cultural heritage; advertisement; design / fashion; digital industry; cultural education; gastronomy; traditional handicraft.