Entrepreneurship is the creative force of economic development. Entrepreneurs create new goods and services and develop innovative solutions. They also play a vital role in the development of democracy. Entrepreneurship expands opportunity, unleashes individual initiative, and cultivates independent citizens who have a stake in society and democratic governance. It plays a key role in building not just prosperous economies but democracies that deliver opportunity to their citizens.

In most countries, however, entrepreneurs still struggle with the basics of launching and growing their businesses because legal and institutional barriers to economic participation persist. Building a truly competitive entrepreneurship ecosystem requires an environment where businesses operate on a level playing field where rights are protected.

CIPE's programs around the world help entrepreneurs to become a driving force for reform, by working together and making their voices heard in the policymaking process through business associations and chambers of commerce.

Entrepreneurship Programs at CIPE

Through its programs and international partnerships, CIPE acts to build opportunity for entrepreneurs in these areas:

  • Facilitate business environment reforms that lower the barriers to starting, operating, and growing a business.
  • Equip business associations to serve their members’ needs and advocate for policies supportive of entrepreneurship.
  • Educate youth on entrepreneurship, fundamentals of market economy, and civic leadership.
  • Empower women through entrepreneurship and advocacy for women in business.
  • Strengthen institutions such as property rights and rule of law.

Read more about CIPE's entrepreneurship programs.

Related Publications

2015 Annual Report

CIPE published its 2015 annual report in an all-digital, interactive format for the first time. Since the establishment of CIPE in 1983, the world has gone through many changes. CIPE has been at the forefront of promoting democratic governance and economic freedom around the globe.

A Dream Come to Life

Article at a glance:

  • During this Global Entrepreneurship Week, CIPE celebrates Karolo Perez Vigil, a young Peruvian entrepreneur and a graduate of CIPE’s EmprendeAhora program.
  • Karolo and his teammates received first prize in the capstone EmprendeAhora business plan contest for their idea for a bio tourism venture in the San Martín region of Peru.
  • Karolo leveraged the success of his company, BioAdventure, to create a larger enterprise, Selva Constructor. With over $304,000 in revenue, Selva provides work for eight employees in its headquarters and on average 60 laborers on construction sites.

Celebrating Syrian Youth

Article at a glace:

  • The war in Syria has been especially hard on young people. Millions of children have been denied an education, and more than half of refugee children are out of school.
  • Young Syrians require the knowledge, skills, and encouragement to contribute constructively to their communities through civic engagement, starting and growing new businesses, and social entrepreneurship.
  • CIPE and the Syrian Economic Forum (SEF) have introduced a new model of civic education that stands in stark contrast to the regime’s propaganda and the empty promises of extremist ideologies, helping a new generation of leaders acquire an understanding of democracy and economic freedom and justice, which are essential underpinnings in shaping the way that Syria is rebuilt.


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