Wadhwani Foundation launched its two key Initiatives, ‘National Entrepreneurship Network’ and ‘Global Skills Network’ in East Africa in March of 2016. The goal is to strengthen the high growth entrepreneurship and skilling ecosystem in East Africa. This includes Ethiopia and the neighboring countries of Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya.

Over the last decade, WF NEN has demonstrated a highly successful and replicable model that facilitates entrepreneurship and job creation through partnerships with colleges and universities, entrepreneur support organizations, and mentor and investor community in several countries. On the other hand, WF GSN focuses on enhancing the quality of teaching and training so that more students can be job-ready.

WF NEN in Ethiopia:

WF NEN develops the ecosystem for new entrepreneurs through supporting Entrepreneurship Education. It also facilitates the Startup & SME eco-system through furthering their access to knowledge, mentor and investor resources.

The scalable model of WF NEN, its resources and IP are contextualized for emerging economies and regions. WF NEN works in entrepreneurship in Ethiopia through its partnerships with relevant entities. It has signed a partnership MoU with the University of Bahir Dar to support the introduction of entrepreneurship education to thousands of students. WF NEN is looking to expand its partnerships in Ethiopia and the region.[…]