En­trepreneur­ship course to pro­mote busi­ness

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - Sonam Wangmo

The Global En­trepreneur­ship Week (GEW) is the world’s largest cam­paign to pro­mote en­trepreneur­ship and be­comes in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in Bhutan.

Lo­den Foun­da­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Min­istry of Labour and Hu­man Re­sources (MoLHR) and Thimph Tech Park ob­served the GEW from 14 to 18 Novem­ber in Thim­phu.

A five-day long train­ing pro­gram had trained more than 130 youths with the in­tro­duc­tion con­cept of en­trepreneur­ship to to­tal be­gin­ners, de­liv­ered ideas and skills to those on the jour­ney of en­trepreneur­ship.

Be­sides, the par­tic­i­pants were also trained on how to start a busi­ness and state of Bhutanese econ­omy of its di­rec­tion.

The pro­gram was aimed to pro­mote so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and eth­i­cal prac­tices, which ex­pects to be re­spect­ful of the na­ture and cul­tures, among the estab­lished busi­ness prac­ti­tion­ers.

Ram Bdr. Gu­rung, trainer from MoLHR said that en­tre­pre­neur should know how to take risk dur­ing the course of busi­ness. He said, “It is not how much money you earn but how much money you keep.”

He also cites the dif­fer­ence be­tween be­ing rich and be­ing wealthy. He said, “Most of the peo­ple have been taught to read words but not the num­bers and fi­nan­cial state­ment.”

Be­sides the en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram, par­tic­i­pants also got an op­por­tu­nity to hear wis­dom and in­sights from pan­elist on ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem fa­vor­ing en­trepreneur­ship de­vel­op­ment with the de­mand and needs of the so­ci­ety.

Ugyen, a trainee said, “I knew the works of money among em­ployee, de­vel­oper, self-em­ployed, and in­vestor af­ter at­tend­ing the pro­gram.”

The pro­gram pro­vided train­ing on idea gen­er­a­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills, mar­ket­ing and brand­ing, re­sources mo­bi­liza­tion and writ­ing busi­ness pro­pos­als. Youth en­tre­pre­neur from var­i­ous col­leges and in­sti­tutes pitched their busi­ness idea dur­ing the pro­gram.

Nam­gay, another trainee said that her thoughts have changed af­ter at­tend­ing the en­trepreneur­ship pro­gram. She said that ideas can cre­ate money out of noth­ing.

Fif­teen new en­trepreneurs joined the 2016 co­hort of Lo­den En­tre­pre­neur with fund­ing from the Lo­den on com­pet­i­tive ba­sis and also awarded with Tashi khadar by Prime Min­is­ter dur­ing the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

Dhan Ku­mar Tamang, re­ceived the best stu­dent en­tre­pre­neur, who founded the Eco-waste so­lu­tion in Wang­due Dzongkhag.

While, Pushpa Ch­hetri, Founder of Bhutan Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions In­sti­tute (BMCI) won the Best Lo­den En­tre­pre­neur award 2016.

Lo­den Foundaion pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to var­i­ous col­leges and Tech­ni­cal Train­ing In­sti­tutes stu­dents af­ter launch­ing the Stu­dent Em­power En­trepreneur­ship De­vel­op­ment.

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