The Business Bootcamp is a business incubation platform that serves to promote local entrepreneurship. For peacebuilding to occur as a grassroots process, communities must rely on endogenous forces and resources. Possessing concrete skills, such as a job or a business, is empowering in itself; it brings self-confidence and the values necessary for maintaining a livelihood. Supporting small businesses designed and managed by young people, women, and local community members at large is a key component of our work.
The Business Bootcamp program starts with a rigorous yet inclusive selection of business projects, followed by in-depth support on business plan design.>
To ensure that candidates have the necessary skills to operate a business, we select projects designed by trainees who successfully completed at least the intermediate level of our Business & Entrepreneurship course. Then, the selected projects are developed into businesses overseen by local committees composed of representatives from WPDI, WPDI’s partners from the private sector, other non-governmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, and other local and national stakeholders. The committee’s role is to provide our entrepreneurs with both tangible resources, such as grants and/or loans, and intangible resources, such as backstopping support, advice, and reinforced training tailored to the needs of the entrepreneurs and the specific stage of their business development.