Supporting the employability of NUV student through the promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation

In the framework of the project “employability of students of the National University of Vanuatu” funded by the Solidarity Fund for Innovative Projects, Civil Societies, Francophonie, and Human Development (FSPI) of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, a partnership has been signed with V-Lab to support the inclusion of entrepreneurship in the NUV programs and activities.

Under this project, many activities are planned. They are aimed, inter alia at developing the awareness and knowledge of students from the National University of Vanuatu (NUV), the Vanuatu Institute of technology (VIT) and the Vanuatu Agriculture College (VAC) on how to start and develop a business while developing these institutions internal capacities to deliver such training.
The project started with a very successful first entrepreneurship open day at the National University campus which took place on the 17th September. The purpose of this day was to expose the students with entrepreneurs and have them to participate to a series of events such as ideation sessions, round table discussions, pitching competition, etc.

The entrepreneurship day is being followed by the development and running of a 10 weeks learning cycle on entrepreneurship and business management for students of the Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT), along with a number of ideation sessions during which students are being asked to develop innovative ideas and solutions around different problems.

The first session of this cycle took place on Tuesday 28th of September at the VIT premises.21 Students are participating in this learning program whose objectives is to develop the knowledge of VIT students on how to start and develop a business while developing VIT’s internal capacities to deliver such training.

V-Lab has launched the Bisnis Nakamal, a program that offers tailored trainings and learning opportunities accessible to all.

V-LAB president, Marc Antoine says, “The Bisnis Nakamal represents a new and innovative way for V-Lab to reach out to even more talented young entrepreneurs and to offer them high quality learning opportunities to establish or develop their businesses.

“Our partnership with the Wanfuteng Bank will enable us to offer these learning opportunities at a very reasonable cost.”

The V-LAB is a non-profit association created to support innovation and social entrepreneurship in Vanuatu.

Working hand in hand with Yumiwork, Port Vila’s first co-working space, V-LAB seeks to provide access to facilities, services and mentoring to the young entrepreneurs in Vanuatu with a view to enable them to develop and grow their businesses as well as to promote entrepreneurship in the country.