Entrepreneurship training

Empretec’s core product, the Entrepreneurship training workshop, promotes behavioural changes that helps entrepreneurs put their ideas into action and helps fledgling businesses to grow.

The objective of Empretec training workshops is to develop entrepreneurship. In practice, this means developing a set of specific competencies and practices that can be acquired and applied by entrepreneurs.

Training is delivered by 600 local, certified trainers and by a pool of approximately 30 international, master trainers.

All trainers are themselves entrepreneurs.

Target beneficiaries include:

  • Micro, small and medium-sized businesses
  • Youth entrepreneurs
  • Women entrepreneurs
  • Intrapreneurs [an employee who is tasked with developing an innovative idea or project within a company.]

Empretec: Entrepreneurship training




“By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship.”

SDG Target 4.4

About the workshops

The Empretec training programme targets SMEs with a track record of good business performance, potential entrepreneurs with promising business ideas, and start-up companies with bankable project proposals.

Training should lead to SME growth, linkages with larger enterprises including MNEs, job creation and increased investment.

The training workshops offer different levels of instruction that include:

  • 6-day courses (48 hours)
  • 40 hour (usually spread over 8 half days) for micro-entrepreneurs with low levels of literacy.

How to apply

The participants in the programme are selected through focused interviews on the basis of both their personal proven entrepreneurial competencies and innovative approach to business.


Fees and class sizes

Workshop fees vary from country to country, depending on local contexts and the availability of donor funding. Classes usually consist of 25 to 30 participants.

Over 5000 workshops between 2014 and 2021




For further information on this programme,
please contact us.