From Staff Reports Las Cruces Sun-News
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) "Entrepreneurs ages 12 to 24 who have a business idea or are curious about entrepreneurship are invited to apply for a four-week program next month."
The first International Young Entrepreneurship Program is a collaboration between New Mexico State University's Arrowhead Center; KHW Law Center for Social Justice and Change in Albuquerque; nonprofit JCI SXM A.C.T.I.O.N in St. Martin; and Las Cruces-based business Ascendo Strategies.
The program — sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and supported by IREX (a global development and educational organization) and the Young Leaders of America Initiative — will run from Nov. 1-30. Applications close Oct. 31.
The program is intended to give participants practical tools they can take with them on how to explore a business idea, learn who their customers are, be adaptable and pivot their business to increase chances of success, and next steps to continue moving their business forward.
Participants will be recruited from New Mexico and St. Martin — a Caribbean island —providing an internationally focused setting. In addition to considering the potential of financial profits, participants will also explore how their businesses can address social issues in their communities.
At the end of the program, all will participate in an elevator-pitch competition. Up to three young people from each country will be selected to receive a stipend to support their businesses and their next steps. Aspiring entrepreneurs in three categories are encouraged to apply: ages 12 to 14; ages 15 to 17; and ages 18 to 24. Applicants must reside in New Mexico or St. Martin. To apply, visit www.tiny.cc/yep2021.
New Mexico-based trainers and facilitators will include NMSU's Arrowhead Center, 505 Strategies, and Ascendo Strategies. St. Martin Island partners include Islandpreneur, LeGrand Solutions. Expert trainers are Ife Badejo, Cristal LeGrand, Rob Mangone and Griselda Martinez.
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