Cisco announced the inauguration of the Cisco® Entrepreneur Institute in Paraguay to help owners of small and medium-sized businesses improve their business skills and learn how to effectively use information and communications technologies.
The first training center will be the Fundación Paraguaya, which during the first year will provide basic courses from the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute curriculum to more than 100 Paraguayan entrepreneurs.
Fundación Paraguaya is a company that promotes entrepreneurship among individuals with few resources, helping them to create jobs and increase their family income.
Currently, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute is present in the following countries of Latin America: Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica and Peru, and has the support of the government of each country.
In Mexico, the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute has trained 120 owners of small and medium-sized businesses during its two years of presence in the country. In Chile, the institute has trained the owners of 200 small businesses.
In Colombia, the institute works with the Red Nacional de Emprendimiento del Ministerio de Comercio Industria y Turismo (National Venture Network of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism) and with the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje, SENA (National Learning Service). During the first six months, the institute trained about 4,500 entrepreneurs in Colombia.
Last December the Cisco Entrepreneur Institute opened its doors in Peru, in alliance with the Asociación Pro Bienestar y Desarrollo, or PROBIDE, to train 800 entrepreneurs in Lima during its first year.
In Costa Rica the most recent institute in Latin America was opened, in alliance with ITS InfoCom and Parque Tec, which during the first year will train 500 Costa Rican entrepreneurs.