The Young Entrepreneurs Council Solomon Islands (YECSI) is embarking to host a Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp with the Provincial Youth Councils (PYC). The Bootcamp is supported by Australia’s Strongim Bisnis program under the Solomon Islands-Australia Economic Partnerhsip.
During the YECSI Awards Night held in late 2022 the Hon Prime Minister Manasseh Sogovare reminded the public that 70% of the country’s population are young people below the age of 35 years old and that Solomon Islands is currently rated with the highest unemployment in the pacific. He said that the current growing population is something the country must consider and start decentralize development to our provinces so that young business minded people in our provinces can be motivated, venture into business and contribute to the country’s economic growth.
Following the Awards Night YECSI priorotised under its 2023 Business Plan that more outreach must be done to communities especially in the provinces where a large portion of our population reside and where significant opportunities lay idle.
The objective of the Bootcamp is to plant the seed of entrepreneurship with participants while equipping them with a basic understanding of small business tools allowing them to translate a simple idea into something workable. “Our aim is to spark an interest and journey into entrepreneurship, it is very much about mindset change encouraging attendees to recognise the economic opportunities around them and inspire them to not fall into disparity because of unemployment or limited access to fair education” stated YECSI Coordinator Maverick Seda.
It is the first time for YECSI resources into the provinces and provides an opportunity to connect with different Young Entrepreneurs in the province both aspiring and established. The Bootcamp will take comprise of 3 stages, namely:
1- Value of Entrepreneurship
2- Testimonials from YECSI Members
3- Crash course on Lean business Canvas, book keeping, branding, problem solving
“It is our first time to embark on the Bootcamp, we wont get it 100% perfect however as a locally grown program we look forward to learning, improving and establishing the Bootcamp” stated YECSI Membership Officer Daniel Kakadi
The Deputy Chairman of the National Youth Congress and President of the Malaita Province Youth Council, Phillip Subu, also voiced support to YECSI for working with the Provincial Youth Council on the Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.
“I would like to thank YECSI for working with the Provincial Youth Councils (PYC). Working with the PYC is important as we are the ones on the ground, we look forward to sharing the value of entreprenurship and providing more opportunities through YECSI’s networks.” Said Phillip Subu.
The Young Entrepreneurs Bootcamp will be implemented by YECSI in close collaboration with the Provincial Youth Councils of Malaita, Guadalcanal, Western and Makira. The two organizations hope to further their partnership as National organisations with long term interest in developing sustainable solutions to youth challenges in the country.
YECSI is proudly supported by New Zealand Ministry of Foreign External Trade through the New Zealand High Commission in Honiara, Solomon Island Chamber of Commerce, Australian Government through Strongim Bisnis, and the Solomon Islands Government.
YECSI is also supported by Our Telekom, Solrais company, Solomon Airlines, Solomon Ports, Tongs, Bmobile, SINIS, Pasifiki HR and Pacific Crown Hotel during YECSI’s first ever awards event in 2022.