THE COMMUNITY CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Published on May 24, 2014 um 13:36
Summary of your idea
The primary objective of my idea is for the world to realize the need to strengthen university-community partnership as it is the backbone of transformative social change in todays world. One of the many ways of achieving it is by establishing a Community Center for Entrepreneurship (CCE) which will facilitate transfer of fundamental entrepreneurial principles to different communities. With the Universitys own pool of entrepreneurial experts who will serve as project directors, the CCE is expected to provide free trainings, seminars, and discussions on livelihood to interested members of the community. Livelihood & Financial Management Education will be the main goal of the CCE for it is believed that the University should lead in the important task of promoting positive changes in the community by educating community members about the value of self-reliance & self-sufficiency through simple entrepreneurial projects like backyard farming, soap making, safe & nutritious food vending, alternative medicine making, handicrafts using indigenous materials or trash, etc. The community members have the power to choose what entrepreneurial endeavor they will take upon completing a week long crash course on Basic Entrepreneurship. In doing so, the University is able to live up to the expectation of the society not only as the seat of knowledge production but as the principal actor in instituting needed changes in the society. Moreover, university students will play a major role in the programs of the CCE as they will assist project directors assigned by the University Board. The rationale behind this is for them to experience firsthand how projects are conceptualized, rehashed, and actualized. This involvement provides students with the necessary experience in interpersonal communication, cultural intelligence & sensitivity, social participation, resourcefulness, and entrepreneurial creativity.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
Since fundamental entrepreneurial knowledge is essential in the development of a sustainable project, the Community Center for Entrepreneurship (CCE) project directors are expected to guide community members in germinating ideas & conceptualizing projects that are theoretically & practically feasible. In a language understood by the common people, entrepreneurship will be discussed to make community members understand the need to manage their meager finances responsibly & invest it into profitable business ventures with small capital. CCEs target groups include out-of-school youths and unemployed men & women to provide them the opportunities to still contribute to the well being of their families & of their community in general. The expected impacts on sustainable development are the following: reduction of poverty by providing self-employment for the unemployed, youth & women empowerment by engaging them to germinate ideas & turn them into profitable ventures, validation of the universitys role in community development by creating a well-rounded plan to further promote the general well being & sustainability of communities, and the development of an entrepreneurial spirit among members of the community by providing free access to entrepreneurial knowledge through regular seminars & workshops.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
On its first year, the Community Center for Entrepreneurship (CCE) will be financed by a partner university & from funds outsourced from the local governments budget. Funds thereafter are expected to come from profits gained from the business ventures undertaken through the CCE. For example, if a group of women attends the soap-making seminar, the materials that they will be using will be provided by the project team as approved by the University Board. Quality yet cheap soaps are expected to be produced after a week-long seminar. Profits will be divided 50/50 on the first year. Fifty percent goes to the women & the other half proceeds to the CCE as a start-up fund. On the second year, profits will be divided 70/30. The division of profits thereafter becomes 90/10 and will last for five years after which the profits will belong solely to the soap-makers. University students under the CCE are tasked to help market the products to gain further knowledge of effective marketing strategies early on. However, the soap-makers are expected to reinvest a portion of their income to maintaining the business. This will be monitored by the CCE. The same is true for other business ventures under the CCE. On the other hand, the CCE will have two project headsone from & appointed by the University Board and another from & appointed by the community leaders. They are expected to commune every two weeks to check on the developments of various projects. The university-community partnership contract is to last for two years. However, assistance may still be provided if need be after the contract expires.
I am Arnold R. Lapuz & currently a college instructor in a local university in Quezon City. I am 26 years old. I graduated from the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a Bachelor's degree in Araling Pilipino (Philippine Studies) where I am also taking my masters' degree. As a teacher, I believe that the development of an entrepreneurial spirit among people is key to ensuring a secure & stable future. I always remind my students to study hard & to engage in activities that will benefit their communities positively. My idea was fueled by my desire to share an idea that could be developed by people to institute positive changes in their daily lives. This I hope to share as I propose my idea on the establishment of a Community Center for Entrepreneurship that will strengthen not only the bond between the university & the community where it is situated, but hone the entrepreneurial skills & talents of community folks & transform their lives for their own good & the betterment of the whole Filipino nation.
Stage of Idea
conceptual stage, idea offered for implementation by others
Your idea has a positive impact on
education, poverty reduction, empowerment of women, youth