Graduation of entrepreneurs and launching of the Entrepreneurship Community

Entrepreneurs receiving their certificate. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF

On the 2nd of June to the 1st of July 2021, the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp was held, within the Coastal Fisheries Initiative – Challenge Fund Ecuador, a project implemented by the World Bank with the support of the Charles Darwin Foundation, and which was technically managed ty EDES (Business School of the Particular Technical University of Loja). The workshop involved the participation of 47 entrepreneurs related to the value chain of Galapagos fisheries. The training program included topics such as: business models, customer service and attention, finance for entrepreneurs, sustainable ventures, among others. A total of 18 participants completed the program and obtained a certificate, for recognizing their effort and knowledge acquired along these working sessions, during a ceremony held on the 16th of September in Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz island.

From left to right: Johanna Carrión, CDF; Brenda Villa, entrepreneur; and Rosana Ruzza, EDES. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF.
From left to right: Johanna Carrión, CDF; Brenda Villa, entrepreneur; and Rosana Ruzza, EDES. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF.

Brenda Villa, one of the graduates thanked for the support provided and expressed "These ventures that we have created are made with love, with a vision of community growth highlighting our gastronomic culture that is very rich and little known throughout the world."

In this event, the 9 ventures qualified to be beneficiaries of the Acceleration Phase (model development, business plans and financial feasibility), the incubation phase were also presented. In this regard, awards were also given to the members of these initiatives.

From left to right: Johanna Carrión, CDF; Luis Gallegos, entrepreneur; and Rosana Ruzza, EDES. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF
From left to right: Johanna Carrión, CDF; Luis Gallegos, entrepreneur; and Rosana Ruzza, EDES. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF

"This support from the consortium allows us to improve our quality of life with these ventures that were born from the effort of each one of us." Said Luis Gallegos, beneficiary of the Acceleration Phase.

The Galapagos Entrepreneurship Community, one of the means to deliver technical assistance of the Coastal Fisheries Initiative – Challenge Fund Ecuador, a project financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and implemented by the World Bank Group with technical support from the Charles Darwin Foundation, Conservation International, Presencing Institute, Commonland and the EDES business school.

The event was held at the Bahía Mar Restaurant in Santa Cruz. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF
The event was held at the Bahía Mar Restaurant in Santa Cruz. Photo: Rashid Cruz, CDF

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