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ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AFRICA

PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AFRICA IN COLLABORATION WITH LOCAL INSTITUTES

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WORKING TOGETHER WITH OUR PARTNERS TO GENERATE AWARENESS, INNOVATION AND CAPITAL

 

Entrepreneurship is one of the most important aspects of our economy and students understand that. They no longer believe they can take a job with a large corporation and expect that they will spend their careers in one place. Students know they have to build a wide range of interdisciplinary skills that give them maximum flexibility and preparation for the future. Entrepreneurship is one such skill. Whether considering starting an enterprise or just wanting to be an outstanding employee, students want to learn how to recognize opportunity, harness the resources to exploit that opportunity, exercise their creativity, create sustainable solutions, take the inherent risks, and participate in the rewards. Schools are trying to meet this student demand.

 

PIC ENTREPRENEURSHIP MISSION IN COLLABORATION WITH AFRICAN INSTITUTES

Our goal is to work with and through our partners to build a solid platform that connects aspiring entrepreneurs with the business world and giving them the tools necessary to succeed. We aim to foster and convey the entrepreneurial spirit in Israel to stimulate creative minds, to form and build on pioneering ideas, thereby enriching lives with vibrancy, originality, and modernization. In collaborating with PIC, we expect our partners to sell our services to their students, business community and to a regional audience in which to promote their institution and development. This may be achieved in the form of international events, seminars, workshops, consultancies and international study tours.

 

IN COLLABORATION WITH PIC
Partnership constitutes a major element in international, national and local efforts to initiate positive and effective training and capacity building changes.

We aim to build closer relationships with our clients and better respond to their needs by connecting in partnerships (Networking) with academies, training institutions and centres of excellence in developing and emerging economies. This lays the way for upholding respective strengths to develop modern educative environments, platforms, tools, and methodologies which are based on advanced 21st century practices, both technical and pedagogical.


Partnering with PIC also allows academic institutions to open up to new audiences, share knowledge in training and research, build up new collaborations and exchange ideas with academic networks from around the world, and provide a structured offer to capacity-building and development needs.

Through our Network, we offer a new direction and international opportunities for our partners. A strategic partnership can improve synergies for all stakeholders and an overall increase in institutional capacity. Investing in human resources is fundamental to deliver as one, excel in response to training needs, and innovate. Through partnerships with governments; universities and academies institutions; intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations; private companies; foundations and the civil society - makes it possible to combine and extend advanced knowledgeable and technically approaches to modern business practices on a global platform.

 

WHY ISRAEL?
Israel is one of the most innovative nations on earth. Israelis (approximately 7.6 million in number) are well-educated, have a global outlook, ties around the world, and most importantly, a positive view of entrepreneurship. Most Israeli entrepreneurs understand ways of moving innovations into the marketplace and how to establish themselves as global companies from the word go. It is only natural that there is so much interest around the world in Israel’s entrepreneurship experience.

Israel has the highest density of tech start-ups in the world. More importantly, these start-ups attract more venture capital dollars per person than any country — 2.5 times the U.S., 30 times Europe, 80 times India, and 300 times China. Israel has more companies on the tech-oriented NASDAQ than any country outside the U.S., more than all of Europe, Japan, Korea, India, and China combined. But it’s not just about start-ups. Scratch almost any major tech company — Intel, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Motorola, and so on — and you will find that Israeli talent and technology play a major role in keeping these multinational companies on the cutting edge.

 

THE ISRAELI ENTREPRENEUR EXPERIENCE
Israel has focused a lot of its efforts on finding and nurturing high-growth entrepreneurial firms, including universities. Many start-ups (entrepreneurs) have failed, but a number have succeeded and grown quickly. The result: Israeli high-growth start-ups have been creating jobs and generating sustainable wealth for the country, and innovations for the world (e.g., the USB memory stick, new generation cardiac stents, and camera pills that transmit pictures from inside the human body). Israel is often referred to as "startup nation" and a high-tech superpower. Today 40% of Israel’s exports is from the high-tech industry.

 

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS PHENOMENON IN ISRAEL

  • 1950s: Israel’s 1st and 4th presidents were scientists, believing strongly in the role of science in national defence and societal prosperity.
  • 1960s: R&D got a significant boost in the 1960s when military self-reliance became defence policy. In 1968, the government established the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) help fix market failures in commercializing R&D.
  • 1970s: Israel’s first NASDAQ IPO took place in 1972; Intel opened in Israel its first international R&D centre in 1974; and the BIRD foundation was created to fund technology-based product development between Israeli and US companies in 1977.
  • 1980s: VC investments flourished. In 1984, the NASDAQ value of the first wave of a dozen Israeli tech ventures was $780 million. In 1984, the government passed the Law for the Encouragement of R&D. And in 1987, with the cancellation of a ‘fighter-plane mega-project’ the market was flooded with engineers and a new wave of start-up entrepreneurs.
  • 1990s: by 1997 there had been 68 NASDAQ IPOs. However, Israel’s culture and institutions were still very much anti-entrepreneurial until the mid-1990s Notable in this is decade was the great wave of immigrants from the former USSR largely with engineering talent.
  • 2000s: Israel garnered an increasing larger market share of global venture capital.
  • 2010s: Israel was one of the last countries to enter recession and among the earliest to exit. On a per capita basis, Israel leads the world in the number of high-tech start-ups and the size of the venture capital industry.
 

PIC ENTRENEURSHIP INTRODUCTION
Entrepreneurs have a crucial role in determining the future prosperity of a nation. With countries haunted by the prospect of a return to recession, it is the creation of new business that will have the greatest impact on growth and employment.

While institutes are united in lauding the importance of entrepreneurship, in all countries there is room for improving aspects of the environment in which entrepreneurs operate.

Our programmes outline in detail where each of our partner’s areas of greatest potential improvement are, and recommends what should be done to realize that potential.

PIC also goes further and emphasizes not  only what institutes can do, but also what entrepreneurs can do to seize opportunities presented by the environment in which they operate. Ultimately, the success of a country’s entrepreneurship environment will be judged by the number of leading entrepreneurs that emerge from it and the successful businesses they create. Our service aims to be a useful tool for helping to increase that number.


TARGET SECTORS

  • In partnership with Universities and Training Centres
  • Tourism - Hotels, Lodges, Resorts, Safari’s, Parks, Restaurants, etc.
  • Services - Banks, Telecommunications, Public Administration & Services, etc.
  • Campaigns - Health & Community Education, NGO’s, Government, Electoral, etc.
  • Business – E-Commerce, Agri-Business, Industrial, Arts & Culture, Global Business, etc.
 

ADDITIONAL AREAS OF COLLABORATION WITH PIC

  • Strategic Objective/Planning
  • Work Plan of Implementation
  • Branding and Image Management
  • Advertising and Publicity Strategy
  • Human and Organisational Capacity Development
  • Resource and Financial Management
  • Information Technology (IT) Development
  • Information and Data Management
  • Mentoring and Coaching
  • Competitive Intelligence
  • Project Management
  • Training Needs Analysis
  • Curriculum Development
  • Programme Development and Coordination
  • Programme Logistics
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Monitoring and Evaluation

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