The Basic Entrepreneurship Course (BEC) conducted by the Department of Employment and Entrepreneurship (DoEE) in collaboration with Zhemgang Dzongkhag administration, successfully wrapped up the 15-days training on 2nd November, 2023 at Rural Development Training Center (RDTC) in Zhemgang.
A cohort of 18 participants, consisting of 7 females and 11 males, took part in the training. Among them, 14 had completed high school, 3 were middle school graduates, and 1 held a university degree. These participants collaboratively conceived 4 innovative business concepts, which underwent thorough evaluation against seven criteria by a panel of 3 esteemed judges during the business pitching day.
The closing session of training was graced by the Hon’ble Dasho Dzongda of Zhemgang, along with the Dasho Dzongrab, Training Director, officials from Zhemgang Dzongkhag and the Ministry. The training marked the start of entrepreneurial journey for participating youths from Zhemgang Dzongkhag.
During the closing ceremony, Dzongda highlighted entrepreneurship’s vital role in fostering economic growth and its potential to inspire a mindset change among the youth, empowering them to pursue entrepreneurship as a viable career option.
“I have a degree in Contemporary Arts, but prior to the BEC training, I had limited knowledge about entrepreneurship. This course improved my understanding and equipped me to generate business ideas and proposals for future ventures,”said Tshewang Rinzin, the participant of training.
Sonam Pelden, 22, noted, “I initially expected lengthy lectures, but these training sessions were hands-on, enhancing my entrepreneurial skills and business plan development.”
The training is conducted with the following objectives;
- To encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment as a viable and alternative career option.
- To contribute to balanced regional development by equipping participants with the knowledge and skills needed to initiate and manage their own businesses.
The top two business ideas of the pitching were awarded the cash prizes.