Peruvian Entrepreneurship Education Program Wins CIPE 2011 Leading Practices Contest

Caroline Scullin, (202) 446-7540,

Washington, DC – A Peruvian program that teaches young people about the benefits of entrepreneurship and democracy has taken first place in a contest held by the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). CIPE launched the Leading Practices Contest in 2011 to recognize innovation and good practice in the field of democratic and market reform. The contest’s objective is to facilitate transfers of knowledge among CIPE’s international network of reform leaders. By gathering and sharing leading practices, CIPE aims to promote benchmarking and the replication of effective ideas.

A leading practice is an innovative method or process with the potential to significantly improve the performance of a reform initiative. In response to its call for entries, CIPE received 32 leading practices from 24 organizations within its partner network, reaching 19 countries. A distinguished panel judged the finalists on overall effectiveness and innovation of each entry, as well as relevance to other CIPE partners. The judging panel featured:

  • Raymond Gilpin, Associate Vice President, Sustainable Economies at the United States Institute of Peace
  • Kim Holmes, Vice President, Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation
  • Mary M. Shirley, President of the Ronald Coase Institute.

The top three finishers in the CIPE 2011 Leading Practices Contest are:

First place: EmprendeAhora – Instituto Invertir, Peru

Instituto Invertir designed an entrepreneurship education program for university students called “EmprendeAhora.” Since its inception, EmprendeAhora has trained over 500 university students who have in turn created 40 new businesses as a result of training received. Daniel Córdova director of Instituto Invertir, states that “The program has not only provided its participants valuable knowledge on democracy, market economy and entrepreneurship, but has also empowered them to be catalysts of change and leaders in their communities, including finding innovative ways to transmit lessons learned to other youth from their regions.” As the contest winner, a representative from Instituto Invertir will be brought to Washington, DC to share their experiences with policy experts and development agencies.
Second place: Policy Papers and Presidential Debates – Fedesarrollo, Colombia

In an effort to raise the quality of debate on economic issues in Colombia and to provide policy proposals to the incoming administration, Fedesarrollo wrote policy papers and organized presidential debates. As a result of their activities, several debate topics became priorities in Colombian President Juan Miguel Santos’s administration and several recommendations from policy papers have been passed into law.

Third place: Press Sessions – Kyrgyz Stock Exchange Press Club, Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz Stock Exchange Press Club addressed journalists’ inadequate knowledge of economic issues with an innovative approach to journalist education. KSEPC recognized that many journalists do not attend training during working hours because it cuts into their ability to do their job, so they infused training sessions with press conferences to allow journalists to gain both economic education and access to information they can use to write stories.

The 2011 CIPE Leading Practices Contest yielded many quality entries with practical and creative approaches to democratic and market-oriented reform. In the coming months, CIPE will be sharing a collection of these practices to stimulate a discussion about what really works. Currently, all three winning entries can be read here:


The Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy. Since 1983, CIPE has worked with business leaders, policymakers, and journalists to build the civic institutions vital to a democratic society. CIPE’s key program areas include anti-corruption, advocacy, business associations, corporate governance, democratic governance, access to information, the informal sector and property rights, and women and youth.



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