Incubator Workshop for first time in Mesopotamia under the auspices of the Employment & Training Directorate, BIP and ALOLA.

Norwegian Business Innovation Programs has started certifying BPD trainers to implement Business Plan Development for Jobless and Loan takers that are are registered in the MoLSA database. The first session was held by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs – General Directorate of Employment and Training hosted BIP General Manager Hussein Tahir and ALOLA Org. Manager Layla Mahdi on Monday 25 June 2018.

The Assistant General Manager Eng. Ahmed said “The Ministry has decided to implement the Incubator and Business Center system for innovation projects in Iraq. We are going to move to BIP training for everybody face to face”. Anyone can apply to participate in this program. We have a good process to deal with that. BIP certified trainers, good material and we are trying to identify the most suitable projects for it. More than 500 hundred Jobseekers applied to participate in the Incubator program, but just 4 business ideas got through.

All partners visited the first workshop in the Incubator training hall. The first training was based on BPD material to make the participants ready for next stage when their ideas can be developed. The hope is to establish BIC in all Iraq provinces, with Business and Incubators Centers (BIC) in Baghdad being the start.

BIP Manager talking to Incubator Training participant.

Central Incubator Center staff in meeting with the first group of incubators.