Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Some of our recent experience includes:
- Competitive Armenian Private Sector Project (CAPS)
- Capacity Building for Egyptian Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Entrepreneurship
- Egypt Competitiveness Project
The development of entrepreneurs and innovations can create new economic growth drivers in a country. The development of entrepreneurs is a complex process that is more than implementing business plan competitions. Entrepreneurs need a supporting ecosystem that gives them access to markets, skills and financing. At the same time entrepreneurs need the skills and confidence to find new markets that will drive their growth while receiving the right financing and support to fuel the growth.
JAA has a proven track record in supporting entrepreneurs to develop new products, enter into new markets and find key financing and skills. At the same time we have worked with local stakeholders in developing an environment that supports entrepreneurs. JAA has been an important partner to USAID in providing ideas for the 2009 Entrepreneurship Summit, suggesting USAID partners, developing programs and providing PR support from vides on entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurs’ Voices) to writing America.gov web site articles on the subject.
JAA has helped design and develop institutions that support entrepreneurs that have led to results. In Egypt, JAA help designed and start up a financial intermediation center that generated $6 million of financing for entrepreneurs. In Pakistan, JAA developed a replicable business model in the dairy sector that generated thousands of dairy chiller businesses. In Jordan and Egypt, JAA worked on strategies to develop angel networks. In Armenia and Saudi Arabia, JAA helped develop innovation strategies. And in Armenia and Kosovo, JAA has helped entrepreneurs find new markets locally and internationally.
JAA has also worked on initiatives to create a better environment for entrepreneurs. For example, in Pakistan, JAA conducted the feasibility study for the creation of the Center of Entrepreneurial Excellence (CEE) at the Institute for Business Administration (IBA) that focused on leveraging traditional business to support new ones. In Egypt, JAA advised USAID on how to create programs that will change the mindset of entrepreneurs while managing key impediments.