The next generation of Surinamese entrepreneurs are developing the skills they need to build a bright future for themselves and the nation’s economy thanks to a new program organized by the U.S. Embassy in Suriname through its American Corner.
Launched Thursday, November 21, the Youth Innovative Entrepreneurship Program Suriname (YIEPS) is being organized by the Embassy’s partners, the Vonzell Foundation, the Youth Branch of the Association of Surinamese Business Owners, and the Courtyard by Marriott Paramaribo hotel.
Through YIEPS, 20 students between the ages of 16 and 24 will spend the next ten weeks in workshops learning the basic concepts of entrepreneurship, such as marketing and finance. The students will be assigned business mentors throughout the entire process, who will guide the teams and coach them as they develop business plans. The program will end with a business plan pitch contest in which the winning team will receive $500 to start their business.
Joining Vonzell Foundation Chair Leanda Zeldenrust at the opening even, Deputy Chief of Mission Michael C. Keays noted that the U.S. Embassy and its American Corner are proud to support this program. More Surinamese entrepreneurs gives the country a larger economic base to diversify its success. As the number of Suriname’s entrepreneurs grows, this will create jobs, create markets for importers, and create economic ties that bind the U.S. and Suriname even closer.
Housed in the Cultural Center of Suriname on Henck Arronstraat, the U.S. Embassy’s American Corner is open to the public and offers a variety of programs designed to improve English language skills and understanding about U.S. society. Patrons also have access to books, computers, and other materials at the Corner.