The International Trade Centre's (ITC) Youth and Trade Programme in collaboration with Botswana Innovation Hub and Botho University have officially kicked off the Ye!

Botswana Skill Building and Mentoring Programme – a 4-month programme for youth-led business that will focus on digital skills and financial literacy.

The first cohort of 40 youth entrepreneurs will begin activities in September 2021. Activities will be led by local and international experts from the ITC, BIH and various partners.

The Ye! Botswana Skill Building and Mentoring programme aims to support youth-led enterprises (with a founder under the age of 35) to enhance their digital skills, financial literacy, and market analysis and comparative skills by linking them with mentors and taking them through various workshops to help them enhance their skills and scale their enterprises. All enterprises in this programme are legally registered and active in the market for more than 1-year.

The Ye! Botswana Skill Building and Mentoring Programme’s focus on three areas is premised upon the results of a needs assessment survey the partners ran in April 2021.

In collaboration with the Ye! Advisor to ITC – Neo Mosimane, the Co-Founder of Romatic Coffee, Botho University and BIH, the organisations build a series of engagements and a focus on specifics skills understood to be lacking and in high demand by local youth entrepreneurs.

The youth entrepreneurs who participate in this programme showed a strong desire to enhance their skills in the three main focus areas: digital skills, financial literacy, and market intelligence.

The programme is sector agnostic and supports youth entrepreneurs from regions across the country. Due to the current public health situation, the programme will be hybrid supporting activities online and in-person.

Launching on the 1st September 2021, the first cohort will be invited to an introductory kick of launch event to connect with the other selected enterprises, learn about the organisers and the content.

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