The finals of the GEW 2017 Freetown Pitch Night

Articles, GEW SL 2017
The finals of the GEW 2017 Freetown Pitch Night was a thrilling contest, with CareerXpo- Francis Leonard Vibbi - emerging as the winner! The judges felt CareerXpo addresses one of the most pressing challenges our country faces-youth unemployment. CareerXpo connects qualified youth in Sierra Leone to jobs and vice versa. We pride ourselves in solving the intermediate problems of graduate students lacking employment due to the absence of practical hands on experience that, they may not have had in college. By collaborating with local organizations in Sierra Leone CareerXpo help support graduate students to provide a platform where graduates from college will be able to learn on the job and gain the needed experience to boost their careers. (more…)
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Towards building an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem- Global Entrepreneurship Week and Freetown Pitch Night-The Role and Significance of the Freetown Pitch Night

Articles, GEW SL 2017
From November 13th to the November 17th the world, including Sierra Leone, will celebrate the Global Entrepreneurship Week. Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch start-ups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. (more…)
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Re<Boot>: A more inclusive approach to rapid skills training programs

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Digital technologies—mobile phones, computers, and the Internet—are reshaping our world. But to leverage this transformation, women and men will need to have the right mix of skills. Coding bootcamps, a type of rapid skills training program, have emerged as one approach to filling the gap. Yet little is known about what works. In response, the World Bank Group developed Decoding Bootcamps, an initiative that evaluates the impact of coding bootcamps, with a focus on youth employment in emerging markets. Impact evaluation results from Lebanon, Colombia, and Kenya are forthcoming, but one important lesson has already become clear: To attract and retain women, bootcamps need a reboot. With the support of the Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality, teams working on innovation and entrepreneurship, social inclusion, and gender equality have come together…
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A new generation of CEOs: Six businesswomen discuss entrepreneurship and start-ups in West Africa

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Across West Africa, it’s very difficult to find a workplace as innovative and diverse as business incubators. Known for their young, energized, and often gender-balanced staff, these organizations are an encouraging indication of what’s in store in the coming decades, as the region presents a younger, more open, and increasingly female workforce to the world. In francophone West Africa—where there was not a single incubator at the beginning of 2011—six young women are currently leading major incubators, some of which have World Bank Group support. With backgrounds in computer science, engineering, finance, logistics, project management, and social entrepreneurship, these women have profiles that are just as varied and impressive as the start-ups they support. Given the World Bank Group’s commitment to promoting gender equality, as laid out in the Gender…
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Building the ecosystem in Sierra Leone-seven design principles

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Yes, the framework is incredibly important, and if you get that in place along with these seven design principles, then everything else will flow more easily. #1Put entrepreneurs front and centre #2 Foster conversations #3 Enlist collaborators (everyone is invited!) #4 Live the values #5 Connect people (in every direction) #6 Tell your community's authentic story #7 Start and be patient Source
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