Entrepreneurship Skills Development
The Entrepreneurship skills development program was set up address youth unemployment problem particularly for former beneficiaries of the Foundation. The scheme is composed of different steps, where the future entrepreneurs develop ideas, skills and knowledge on how to start and run a business.
Applicants must be registered with and are active members of Alumni Association of Lindner Foundation Uganda (AALFU). Application forms are available through AALFU.
Duly filled application form together with a written summary of a business idea and the applicants CV are submitted to the Entrepreneurship skills development office.
Steps of the Entrepreneurship skills development scheme
1. Business skills training
A compulsory 12 day business skills training is conducted for selected trainees by an external consultant. The training is meant to expose the trainees to entrepreneur skills and help them identify their areas of interest in business.
2. Internship Placement
After successful completion of the business skills training, the trainees take up an internship placement. The purpose of this training is to obtain different experience from the entrepreneur’s practicum placement and expand on what he/she already knows. Such placements are done in partnership with small scale industries where there is room to learn more. After the internship, the trainee is evaluated.
3. Internship evaluation
The evaluation report helps to find out whether the trainees are on the right truck with their business ideas. It provides an opportunity for an open and honest to discuss on the best way forward.
4. Business plan development
After the evaluation, the trainees are expected, with assistance from the Entrepreneurship office, to write their own business plan.
5. Start up
To start the business is one’s initiative. The entrepreneurship scheme can only guide the trainees within the first 2 years after start up. This includes monitoring progress with the entrepreneurs’ targets, making proposals and sharing business issues that may arise during the period.
The successful entrepreneurs shall be mentored by Entrepreneurship programme office. External partners with related business could be sought to help the entrepreneurs achieve their goals.
The Foundation shall expect an open and honest cooperation with entrepreneurs for future business dealings.
Other activities of the Entrepreneurship skills development programme
Marketable skills to
- Boarding house beneficiaries
Selected boarding house beneficiaries with the help of the matron and warden are trained in practical marketable skills that are applicable to both during their stay at the facility and their homes.
- Beneficiaries in Vacation
Beneficiaries that are waiting for Primary Seven and Senior Four results are attached to places of internship as a way of introducing them to practical skills and knowledge