The Enterprise Development Unit aims at building the capacity of youth enterprises that have either benefitted directly or indirectly from the Fund through entrepreneurship trainings and other trainings done by our partners both at the National as well as county. It is also mandated to promote networking among youth entrepreneurs, Fostering partnerships with learning institutions and establishment of partnership with BDS providers for capacity building.
What we do
The Fund through ED unit is designed;
- To provide capacity building to youth enterprises and Business development services (BDS) by identifying skills and competency needs for youth enterprises as well as building online knowledge base.
- To promote networking among youth entrepreneurs through provision of an online networking platform for youth entrepreneurs
- To Foster partnerships with learning institutions by Identifying youth polytechnics and schools to establish entrepreneurship clubs to inculcate entrepreneurial culture in the young people from an early stage. This will also help in designing and developing practical entrepreneurship development curricula for in-school youth and children to be implemented through Business clubs in Primary schools, Entrepreneurship clubs in High schools and Business associations for colleges (including apprenticeship) to equip college graduates with practical skills for starting and running successful business enterprises
- Establishment of partnership with BDS providers for capacity building through development of standard training materials including training tools such as an illustrated Trainer’s and Trainee’s manual as well as designing an implementation strategy that will focus on different levels of youth entrepreneurs. The strategy should among other things advice on criteria for qualifying for training at a given level based on educational background, entrepreneurial experience and development.
Key partners and stakeholders
These partnerships cut across the Public and Private Sectors. These will include county governments and other government entities such as ministries, quasi-government bodies, state corporations and semi-autonomous government bodies. The private sector partners will include African Union (AU), United Nation Development Program (UNDP), International Labour Organization (ILO) as well as Non-Government Organization (NGOs).
Status of Youth Trainings
The Fund through its regional Offices was able to conduct entrepreneurship training for 45,000 youth during financial year 2013-2014 while financial year 2014-2015 July to September 9,965 youth were trained.