A pair of Norwegian entrepreneurs selected in the most recent application process, Halvard Bastiansen and Sveinung Årseth, have decided to create a startup school for young people who haven’t had the opportunity to be educated about entrepreneurship, saying “during our 6 months stay we want to give something back to the Chilean society.”
The school will provide free entrepreneurial education to local communities in Chile, mainly targeting young people without higher education who are interested in starting their own business. Halvard adds that “the majority of these students don’t have a university degree or any entrepreneurial education. Other organizations in Chile mainly target university students, leaving behind people with few or no opportunities for gaining that knowledge and tools they need to succeed.”
Students will be offered a step-by-step course beginning with teaching the basics of starting and running a small business. They will work in small groups with a local mentor who will guide them towards launching their own business. In addition, Halvard, Sveinung, and their team will hold conferences and seminars where participants can connect and learn from successful entrepreneurs, business people, and Chilean experts.
Currently, they are seeking to raise funding for the project to help cover expenses for volunteers, renting office space, and conference facilities. To contribute to their initiative, please visit this Start-Up Chile School site.