A space for entrepreneurs to learn how to start a business was inaugurated on Wednesday 20 April by SEK International University (UISEK), through the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Laboratory, also known as Innovalab.
It is located in the streets Mariana de Jesús and Italia, on the Felipe Segovia Olmos campus of UISEK, in Quito. The free learning site has spaces for collaborate, netconception and prototyping for the creation of new businesses and collaborative works that articulate the academy with business, industry and society.
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According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) report, prepared by the Espol Business School (Espae), there are two motivations for entrepreneurship: by necessity and by opportunity.
Most entrepreneurs it is represented by people between 45 and 54 years old, followed by those between 35 and 44 years old. Only 8% are under the age of 25.
Furthermore, a large percentage fails to maintain itself over time and closes its doors 2 or 5 years after creation.
Silvia Noroña, coordinator of Innovalab, stresses that “the needs of today’s world require empathic individuals, creative, innovative and resilient that promote the so-called impact economyThis is where the laboratory plays a strategic role as it is a transversal area that seeks to generate innovative projects by articulating actors from different sectors of society “.
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Entrepreneurs, students and the community at large can access the following programs:
1. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Training Program:
- Formal courses.
- Programs of net.
- Contests, tournaments e hackathon of innovation.
2. Acceleration program for entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship e to boot:
- Training and mentoring.
- incubator to boot.
3. Innovation consulting and business consulting program:
- Development of innovative organizations that apply agile methodologies.
4. Development and innovation program of the national cooperative system:
- Development of human talent.
- Organizational development.
- Promotion of the cooperative system.
Meanwhile, in Ecuador there are formally more than 781 companies, according to the National Register of Entrepreneurship (RNE). The virtual platform has been operational since 27 July 2020, following the entry into force of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law. (I)