The ICC-ESCWA Centre of Entrepreneurship is an initiative co-led by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) to prepare and mobilize the next generation of entrepreneurs in the Arab region, including by developing the skills of young people who face uncertain employment prospects, and helping catalyse local entrepreneurship and the jobs of the future.
Our main goal is to enable individual citizens to build meaningful livelihoods in a functioning market economy.
The Centre will further serve as a platform to globally showcase the most successful local and regional entrepreneurial initiatives promoted by chambers of commerce and innovative partners.
The Centre will leverage digital connectivity to pair entrepreneurs with experts from the United Nations and the ICC global network to provide virtual mentoring and coaching. It will also draw upon the strength of chambers of commerce in over 100 countries, the ICC Knowledge Solutions Department, and ESCWA’s knowledge hubs.
The Centre plans to host a series of talks for entrepreneurs, chambers of commerce, businesses, banks, and Governments to address structural challenges facing emerging and developing markets. By bringing together leaders, businesses and entrepreneurs, the Centre will establish a community of innovative professionals to challenge convention and transform the future of business.
Leading venture development and entrepreneurial innovation in the Arab region.
We nurture small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by providing best practices in entrepreneurship to build, support, fund and scale their businesses through specialized programmes and make a positive impact on society.