Last week, the Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) participated in a Youth Capacity Building Workshop, organized by the Impakt Investment Foundation from Sarajevo, with the support of the Department of State - Embassy of United States in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The 5-day intensive workshop was aimed at strengthening the entrepreneurial capacity of 30 young people between the age 18 and 35 from different parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina through the BOLD program of the US Embassy.
The core of the workshop was geared towards preparing young BiH leaders to create opportunities for economic development in their local communities through entrepreneurship and skill development. With a special emphasis on bridging the gap between theory and practice especially in the field of youth entrepreneurship, the workshop equipped young people with an understanding in innovative business model design; project-based collaboration; and how to effectively leverage their contributions toward broader impacts. The team of the Impakt Investment Foundation was joined by Emir Nurkić Kačapor, Chief Operations Officer and co-founder of the Institute for Development Impact (I4DI), who provided mentoring for the workshop participants and transfer experiences from the USA in the field of entrepreneurship and result-based project management.
As described by Emir Nurkic Kacapor, who doubles as an ardent supporter of such an innovative workshop, participants after the workshop, will be provided with — mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and experts from BiH and USA to support the development of business and project ideas and to prepare applications for BOLD small grants program. Participants were opportune to meet successful young entrepreneurs from the USA who have made significant contributions to their local communities’ development by implementing projects or starting their own business, like DUXO Project from Washington DC and Ambassador Cleaning Inc. from North Dakota. Participants also got the opportunity of connect with existing BOLD network members, and accessed other BOLD network programs during the 5-day intensive workshop.
Participants were announced via video link by N.E. Eric Nelson, US Ambassador to BiH, at the opening of the workshop. Ambassador Nelson welcomed the participants and congratulated them on their willingness and readiness to continue working on the development of their entrepreneurial skills and the realization of entrepreneurial ideas. The Youth Capacity Building Workshop demonstrated the role pioneering youth projects can have at the local level, and also demonstrated its potential in our increasingly globalized society to have an impact on vulnerable communities around the world.