The eco-entrepreneur training course elicits unanimity among its attendees
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SwitchMed has received an initially positive assessment with regard to the different impacts and opinions of the training: support, job creation, eco-entrepreneurship development and awareness of the importance of the green economy are included in the programme.
They came with an idea or a project and they headed home with a whole range of tools, tips and contacts, as well as a very positive opinion of the programme and a growing desire to become “green” entrepreneurs. The project promoters were highly satisfied with the training provided by SwitchMed on the creation of green enterprises. 83% of them rate it as “good” or “very good” and 82% state that it lived up to all their expectations. In the study conducted, they highlight the usefulness of the programme, the injection of new tools and the need to attend other training courses and support of this type.
SwitchMed green entrepreneurs training session in Lebanon
What does SwitchMed’s eco-entrepreneurship training involve?
To promote the green economy, it is necessary to lend support to future eco-entrepreneurs, enabling them to consider the environmental impact from the launch of an activity onwards. It also entails allowing them to develop and test their Green Business Models. For this purpose, SwitchMed has set up green entrepreneurship training courses in 8 countries in the Southern Mediterranean. The project seeks to train and provide support for more than 2,700 eco-entrepreneurs, with the help of experts and the methodology developed by SwitchMed, and to assist in the creation and development of a company in the field of the green economy and sustainable development
1558 people took part in the first phase of the training, conducted in the following countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. They all met and worked on their ideas and projects over the course of the five days of workshops, spread over three months. Those who took part were encouraged to think about their business ideas, develop their green business models and analyse their needs, while taking into account the environmental impactof their projects.
A boost for green enterprise development and job creation
29% of the participants declare that they have materialised their projects and created their businesses, a figure representing 154 new green enterprises2. Therefore, the project launched by SwitchMed is already being reflected in a positive impact on the development of a more sustainable economy in the Mediterranean basin. These 154 new enterprises have recruited and provide employment for about 2,000 people in a wide range of sectors: 60% of the companies are engaged in renewable energies, sustainable waste management and organic farming. These three key sectors are not the only ones represented, as we could also mention sustainable tourism, sustainable construction, sustainable mobility and sustainable textiles, to offer a few examples.
The participants are equally satisfied: 66% of the 154 eco-entrepreneurs who created their own green businesses feel that the training had a “great”or “very great” impact on the launch of their activity.
Interest in the green economy and awareness of the environmental impact
The study also shows that even if the participants have not initiated any activity, they have a positive opinion of the training. 95% of those who have not set up their companies state that the training was effective and provided them with a great deal of valuable knowledge. As well as their satisfaction, the study reflects the interest in the training of the eco-entrepreneurs: 98% of them wish to receive more assistance, more training and more support in the realisation of their projects. They are ready to move towards a greener economy and are particularly interested in any help or backing.
Training in progress in Algeria, June 2016
The study conducted by SwitchMed therefore brings this initial phase of training to an end on a very positive note, with feedback and opinions which add value to the work performed on the ground. In addition to the satisfaction, it underlines the impact of the different workshops and the support for projects on local economies, job creation, environmental impact and the development of a certain interest in the green economy and eco-entrepreneurship.
According to this study 98% of those who had a training and haven't launched their business yet would still like to do it and receive more support.
This initial successful phase of training therefore gives way to new challenges for each of the entrepreneurs: to develop their enterprises or projects, to gradually move forward and to spread the concept of the green economy among wider audiences. It also gives way to new projects for SwitchMed: a second phase of training, a needs analysis as a result of the participants’ replies and opinions, and an increasingly extensive input of knowledge, contacts and expertise.
1 Study conducted by SwitchMed (540 replies received)
2 Of the 154 enterprises created, 54% existed before the training or had already developed their projects.