Working with entrepreneurs and their businesses, TechnoServe develops entrepreneurs to the best of their ability so as to build the most sustainable businesses, and to ensure that they become competitive within the market. To identify self motivated entrepreneurs, TechnoServe offers a Business Plan Competition (BPC) programme and Acceleration/ Incubation programmes for businesses. TechnoServe realises the potential for Enterprise Development (ED) to contribute towards job creation and the sustainability of small and medium-sized businesses. The business Plan Competition initiative works hand in hand with our Accelerator and Incubation Programmes, with BPC being regarded as an entry level that feeds directly to the latter programmes.
The TechnoServe business Plan Competition and After Care Methodology that’s takes successful entrepreneurs through a process of ongoing learning and mentorship, has shown to have positive across other programmes in Latin America, West and East Africa. Entrepreneurs who form part of the programme leave with a rich understanding of key components of their businesses and what best ways to drive their businesses, with linkages to a number of networks they are able to navigate themselves through the competitive nature of the business world. The Business Plan Competition helps TechnoServe identify the best entrepreneurs who show much potential for future success. Who then form part of the aftercare programmes and receive ongoing support, with experienced mentors who will ensure that the business delivers on the aspirations of the business plans.