This project is funded by Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and Swisscontact. The project was launched in January 2017 in Mon and Kayin states.
Achievement highlights of the program
– 36 classes were opened in 11 townships
– 588 people enrolled in the program. 554 learners/entrepreneurs completed the Cycle 1- Understanding of the different elements of the business
– 393 of these learner entrepreneurs received Mentoring and Enterprise Development Support
– 150 enterprises run by the cohort, of which 71 enterprises were new startups by the participants
– 150 enterprises run by program participants created 300 full-time jobs (including self-employment) and 114 seasonal and part-time jobs in the last twelve months
EDNA Myanmar has observed that the ecosystem for micro and small enterprises in Myanmar lacks institutional support. While EDNA Myanmar may not be able to address all the needs of the business community, she believes the building capacity of government officers to provide entrepreneurial education and enterprise development initiatives may positively impact and benefit the many SME members across the country. The Ministry of Industries, Development of Small and Medium Enterprise Department and EDNA Myanmar believe that collaboration can change the entrepreneurial landscape in Myanmar.
The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) and EDNA Myanmar collaboration started in 2014. The co-operation has broadened and deepened over the years. EDNA Myanmar conducts regular capacity building workshops for ministry staff. The areas of collaboration with MoC, MyanTrade Department includes:
• Supporting the ministry with trade promotion activities and help local SMEs for export readiness (and market access)
• Promoting ‘Made in Myanmar’ products for local and overseas market
• Establishing the MoC- EDNA research hub
EDNA works closely with universities across the region and in Myanmar with its collaboration with the broader EDNA partners. This includes supporting business planning competitions with students from National Management College and Yangon University EPP program, working with universities in dry zone on teaching entrepreneurship, and supporting PhD students with research projects and accepting interns from Yangon University of Economics and National Management College.
Entrepreneurship education for start-up enterprises and job skills training are available at reasonable fees for entrepreneurs as well as young graduates wanting quality and practical education in rural Myanmar. The courses are accessible, affordable and mentored by experienced mentors.