The Regional Investment Center (CRI) Béni Mellal-Khénifra and the Association for the Promotion of Education and Training Abroad (APEFE) organized on Thursday the closing ceremony and award ceremony to the winners of the first edition of the Regional Entrepreneurship Olympics.
Organized as part of the Support for Young Initiatives (AJI) program, this ceremony marks the culmination of a competition that spanned four months, and which saw the participation of more than 130 trainees from 31 establishments. OFPPT in five provinces of the region.
This course was marked by the organization of several workshops for ideation and development of project ideas, followed by training workshops covering all aspects of project development and business creation.
The competition was organized in the form of two eliminatory rounds, which were held at the levels of the 31 establishments and the 6 provincial complexes, and which enabled the selection of 13 projects led by 24 trainees. These 13 projects were presented, in the final phase held on May 19, in front of a jury composed of experts belonging to the various establishments constituting the ecosystem of support for entrepreneurs at the regional level (APEFE, CRI, CGEM, ANAPEC, Banks , … etc).
Thus, five projects were selected by the jury to receive the competition prizes, and to benefit from a specific support program offered by the IZDIHAR program.
Speaking on this occasion, the director of the Pole “House of the Investor” at CRI Béni Mellal-Khénifra indicated that these Olympiads are likely to initiate a dynamic at the level of vocational training establishments to encourage trainees to consider the entrepreneurship as a viable and attractive option for their career prospects, noting that these Olympiads will be generalized in the coming years to all training and education institutions, including high schools in the region.
This edition was characterized by the participation of a very large number of trainees belonging to different sectors of vocational training, allowing a great wealth in the ideas of innovative and original projects presented at the competition.
The director of training and support at APEFE, Mahjoub Chahine, praised the success of these Olympics, adding that “the enthusiasm of the trainees and the relevance of the projects presented at the competition testify to the quality the training offer which should multiply this type of initiative, in accordance with the strategic objectives of the AJI program, in order to further stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit among young people in general and particularly trainees and laureates of vocational training ” .