The project aims to create new jobs and business opportunities using energy efficiency, renewable energy and water management technologies for the agriculture, commercial and industrial sectors. The project is funded by USAID and the US Department of State as part of their ‘JOBS Tunisia’ program. The primary activities include providing curriculum and training to faculty at the ISET’s (Instituts Superieurs des Etudes Technologiques) at Sidi Bouzid, Medenine and Tataouine so that they may institute classes for their students on the subject matter that they have been trained on by the US-based faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado State University and University of Hawaii. ICAST (International Center for Appropriate and Sustainable Technology), has been tasked with the following:
- Goal 1: Provide an opportunity for Tunisian faculty and students to engage with their local community in solving local needs via ICAST’s Service Learning Program, managed by the local ICAST Center Directors, with assistance from local entrepreneurs, government officials, ICAST staff, and other local and international NGOs.
- Goal 2: Create a network of community partners (advisory board, industry mentors, government officials, financiers, NGOs, etc.) to provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs and local businesses in the community on the engineering, policy, and business aspects of water and energy for agricultural and commercial businesses.
- Goal 3: Provide an opportunity for Tunisian entrepreneurs to establish new ventures utilizing the business incubation infrastructure established by ICAST including training programs that create jobs and contribute to community development.
Business Incubation in Tunisia
As part of our development efforts in Tunisia, ICAST has been researching possibilities for expansion in entrepreneurship. There are many opportunities for Tunisians to start or grow their businesses, but also a significant number of setbacks. Cameron Patterson has prepared the white paper Business Incubation in Tunisia to demonstrate the opportunity that exists in the country for men, women, and youth to become entrepreneurs. You can download a copy of this white paper here.