The Northern Triangle Youth Entrepreneurship Conference “#EmprendeTN” (StartUp Norther Triangle) launched on Friday, September 22, 2017. The two-day workshop hosted 93 young entrepreneurs of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. Participants had the opportunity to share experiences, learn the best practices of successful entrepreneurs, and get information on digital marketing, leadership, networking and finance.
The #EmprendeTN conference was held within the framework of the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) initiative, which is a program to train entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to launch or promote their business ideas. This initiative seeks to contribute to the social and economic development of the communities to which these entrepreneurs belong.
The U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador Jean E. Manes said: “YLAI exists because we see in you an unlimited potential. The motto of YLAI says very clearly: Don’t wait for change. Create it. In El Salvador alone, small and medium-sized enterprises generated approximately $90 million dollars in 2016. They also represent about 99% of the country’s business sector and generate 67.6% of total employment. 99% of the business sectors in this country are people like you.”
Contributors such as the Organization of Entrepreneurs (EO), the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of El Salvador (CAMARASAL), Impact Hub, Juntodos, Hub170, YLAI 2016 Fellows and entrepreneurs VAIZA and Merch as well as the former YLAI 2016 candidate and entrepreneur of Me Derrito attended the Conference.
Read Ambassador Manes’ full remarks: https://sv.usembassy.gov/remarks-ambassador-jean-manes-entrepreneurs-north-triangle-emprendetn-event/