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.

Your profile

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

THE PROPONENT

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August 1, 2014 14:21

Cool ~ :D

July 2, 2014 09:28

I am 3812th voter. Well done!

June 12, 2014 18:49

Sure thing!

June 12, 2014 16:09

FOR MISS KINOC'S THIRD & FOURTH QUESTION (the fifth question has already been answered above)- I will have to consider the k-12 Program for Philippine Education as it will affect the conception of the CCE originally planned for universities. Thank you for making me realize that imminent concern. The technical-vocational courses to be offered in Philippine schools in the two additional years of the k-12 program cater to students who are enrolled. However, the CCE targets out-of-school youth & unemployed men & women.

Thank you for your questions. I appreciate them very much

June 12, 2014 15:53

FOR MISS KINOCS SECOND QUESTION- The University Board will be composed of faculty members from both the Entrepreneurship/Business Department and Social Sciences Department of the partner university, although faculty members from other departments will also be considered depending on the project ideas that they will propose. Every faculty member will get an equal chance of being involved in the CCE project & that will be determined by the heads of both departments. With regard to qualifications, I think that every faculty member is qualified as long as he/she wants to get involved and experience the joy & fulfillment of doing something good for the community.

June 12, 2014 15:19

FOR MISS KINOCS FIRST QUESTION- Most courses, if not all, offered by TESDA are geared towards giving Filipinos the necessary skills & training for possible employment abroad. However, the CCE aims to provide simple yet profitable business opportunities to community members who can't afford the complex & often very expensive process of securing & landing employment overseas. Through this, the CCE is able to empower community members by tapping their entrepreneurial potential & make them realize that through their efforts they can combat poverty & make their lives more prosperous without going overseas to earn a living. On the other hand, the CCE concept is open to both public & private universities. With regard to the curriculum, I dont think that establishing a CCE will radically modify the curriculum, but if it does then I will have that matter settled by the Entrepreneurship/Business Department as they are more knowledgeable about their curricular concerns.

June 11, 2014 16:28

I've got a couple of questions gathered from where I work:

1.) What's the difference of CCE from Tesda? And it was mentioned the CCE will be under the local government, will CHED has a say on their curriculum, since this wille on universities?

2.) Where will the board of directors come from? Are those from the uiversity? What are their qualification?

3.) Why did you choose universities? (Or rather why did you choose to implement this on Universities, why not start in Highschool or with Highschool students now that K12 is being implemented in the Philippines)

4.) Since we have the k12 educational system nowadays where in, the last 2 years wil be spent for vocational coureses, could the CCE be implied?

5.) What's the difference of CCE from Tesda? And it was mentioned the CCE will be under the local government, will CHED has a say on their curriculum, since this wille on universities?

(These questions were gathered from an officemate whose brother is already studying under the K12 system and is two years away from graduating highschool)

May 29, 2014 04:41

To have an entrepreneurship center in communities to be sponsored by a partner university is a dream. Knowledge produced in the university should be used by those in the community even if they are not able to get formal schooling. The university, as I see it, should reach out to help community members get a chance in life through entrepreneurial endeavors that they find interesting... :-)

May 28, 2014 16:43

i understand that your idea is to have a EEC in every university right.