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“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

 

Nils Hermann-an entrepreneurImage from Germany who decided to share his knowledge with the Haitian entrepreneurs through Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014.

In his sessions, he taught them the importance of and how to develop a vision and a mission statements to better define their business models, and to be able to set up strategic plans. To him, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

 Emphasizing the importance of knowing the strong and weak spots and the environment of a business, Nils introduced the participants to the SWOT Analysis. And the participants had the chance to transfer it into their own business ideas.

The second day, he started with a discussion on the Business Model Canvas, focusing on different Revenue Models. Bringing the learning of the both days together, the participants had the chance to use the Canvas for their own Business Models and improving them with the findings from their SWOT Analysis.

In the final session, Nils shows how to set up a road map with Milestone to successfully start their own business.

 

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“Life is too short to build something nobody wants.”

d3 robin lecture2Many people have business ideas. Ideas they think that will impact a certain target group. But how do they know that they certainly will? To some people, it is a mysterious process, but Robin Balser – a young entrepreneur from Germany – showed the keys to success today at Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014.

Robin used the Business Model Canvas as a tool to allow them to come up with ideas of how they would describe, design, challenge, invent, and pivot their business model. He broke the class in small groups and have them identify a certain problem and bring up solution to it. Then, he had some one-to-one sessions to provide guidance on how each participant can improve specific areas in his business.

To him, it is critical to assess the attitude and behavior of the potential customers, and identify the need there is to meet because life is too short to build something nobody wants.

Robin worked for the Startup Accelerator Startup Wise Guys in Estonia and in London. Part of this was being a representative holding workshops and speaking at: Creazone.it in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Participant Profile: Jean Ricot Antoine

Jean Ricot Antoine, or just Ricot, is the owner-operator of a transportation business in Port-au-Princed3 rico and runs a small fleet of trucks, carrying raw material from the mines at Laboule to a refinery plant for processing into concrete and construction materials. He is also involved in a project that will fund a water truck to sell potable water to residents of the region, and use the profits to provide clean drinking water to an orphanage in Port-au-Prince. In addition, Ricot has dual citizenship in the United States, having lived in Georgia and Miami, Florida — operating a similar business there for several years. A self-described “hustler” and businessman, Ricot is charismatic, open, and willing to challenge conventional ideas.

Ricot is attending the Entrepreneurship Camp to gain a better understanding of how to legitimize and grow his existing businesses, as well as branch out into wider markets. He is in the process of incorporating his business to that end, seeking greater financing and a larger team to work under him. He had a strong interest in today’s topic of strategy, and in particular would like to continue to learn about concepts such as SWOT Analysis — Strength, Weakness, Opportunity, Threat — to improve his business chops.

Staff Profile: Alexandra Heinrich

Staff Profile: Alexandra Heinrich

Alexandra Heinrich gets some fresh air between lectures on day 3 of the Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014, outside a classroom at Université Quisqueya, Port-au-Prince. Alex is the program coordinator for the camp, and is in charge of managing the core staff’s individual responsibilities and scheduling, among many other tasks. She will also be presenting a training on cost accounting on Monday, June 9th to open week 2 of the camp’s programming.

Alex is a project manager for Lufthansa Technik Landing Gear Services in London. She joined the team to pass on her knowledge to those who seek it, in order to fulfill her dream for involvement in the social welfare of people worldwide. Since entering Haiti, she has discovered that she loves eating mangoes, in the traditional Haitian way — with her bare hands and teeth!

Etzer Emile covers the Basic Principles of Finance

Etzer EmileDay 2 of Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014 brought the program’s first guest speaker out of many to come. We were glad to have Etzer Emile — a young Haitian professor of Economics, finance and Marketing at Quisqueya University — lecture on the topic of “Basic Finance”. Participants learned basic concepts of:

            • the role of profitability in a company.
  • the different types of costs and calculating company’s profitability.
  • a balance sheet

The topic was popular to the group, the core team decided to return to the topic on Monday with a new guest lecturer.

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Robin Balser

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Nils Hermann

Now we are glad to welcome Robin Balser and Nils Hermann. Robin Balser is the founder of several Startups, he will lecture on “Business Model Canvass”. Nils Hermann is the founder of Innovation thinktank and involved in multiple social projects. He will cover the topic of “Corporate Planning”.

 

We don’t see poverty, but opportunity.

d1 teamThe first day of Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014, a great team from London, Germany, and the USA have joined together with the Haiti team to make a difference by empowering the young Haitian entrepreneurs in starting up and managing their own businesses. To our great surprise, in the group sessions, the Haitian entrepreneurs brainstormed a lot of creative and innovative business ideas that could positively impact the Haitian economy for the next few years. They do have the willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks so the country can make a shift toward sustainable economic development. And there comes the purpose of Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014: empowering and providing them with the skills and confidence they need to get into that journey.

d1 participantsWe believe that the Haitian people have a lot of potential to accomplish great things. They just need to know how to proceed. Of course Haiti has for a very long time been listed among the poorest countries in the world, but the level of accomplishment of the Haitian people is not determined by how other people see them. It’s determined instead by how they see themselves. Therefore, we want to help them extend their vision just one step further with the eyes of creativity and optimism to see opportunities where everyone else sees poverty.

We believe that, if we want to build an economic capital, we must build first a human capital, then the human capital will build the economic capital.

“You are someone special, at a special moment, who’s going to do something special.” That was the motto of the first day of Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014.

Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014 – Help the people to stand on their own feet

Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014 is a two-week workshop in Port-au-Prince from 2nd to 14th of June 2014, run by Devoted Servants in partnership with Rotary Club of Wall Street NY, and Lufthansa HelpAlliance. The Entrepreneurship Camp will be a hands-on learning experience designed to guide the young Haitian entrepreneurs in expanding their business. It incorporates a variety of educational training techniques including classroom instructions and interactive activities. The workshop is free of cost to the participants.

Objective:

The Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014 is designed to teach the young Haitian entrepreneurs business strategies and provide them with the tools and confidence needed in order to run a successful business and retain sustainable profit. It will enhance knowledge and capacity on entrepreneurship and leadership and will not only help their professional development but also boost their personal skills. Our goal is to educate as well as inspire the young entrepreneurs.

What we do:

The bible says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. We want to help the young Haitian entrepreneurs extend their vision beyond the darkness of poverty in Haiti so they can see opportunities that lie before them, then create jobs for the people and so to create wealth.

We believe that Haiti will never be developed only with outside help. The best way to help people is to help them stand on their own feet. The more we empower people with business skills– show them a way forward and an ability to enhance their lives, others’ lives, and to leave a lasting legacy – the less prone they are to adopt violent, desperate or extremist behavior.

We want to build a strong economic foundation within the Haitian community-a hope for the future generations. Where there is no hope, there exists a void that can be filled with whatever anyone with influence cares to fill it. We can be a part of the positive, rather than saying ‘that’s someone else’s responsibility’.

Our speakers:

We have a group of high profile volunteer speakers from all over the world:

  • Dr. Jens Unger – Project Leader at Lufthansa Cargo for Multi-Change-Management
  • Susanne Gellert – Director Legal Department & Business Development Consulting at the German American Chamber of Commerce in New York
  • Troy Sanon, Ph.D – CEO of EMLC Consulting and Services
  • Robin Balser – Founder of several Startups like „Wise Guys“, „darpdecade.com“ and „ConTribute Kenya“
  • Bruno Boucher – Associate Partner Africa at Lufthansa Consulting
  • Etzer Emile – Professor at Université Quisqueya
  • Felix Harms – International Sales at ThyssenKrupp & Entrepreneur
  • Katja Krafczyk – Performance Management at Lufthansa Cargo
  • Mike Veny – Founder and owner of „Fast Drum Skills“.com & Consultant
  • Antonio Guaiana – Management Trainer and Consultant
  • Pietro Montemurri – Senior consultant at Lufthansa Consulting
  • Nils Hermann – Continental pricing at Lufthansa & founder of an innovation thinktank

Who Supports us:

Haiti Entrepreneurship Camp 2014 is supported by some organizations that understand the need for entrepreneurship promotion toward the development of a country.

  • Rotary Club of Wall Street NY
  • Lufthansa HelpAlliance
  • MEGA
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Be a part of that great journey. It’s not an easy road, but nothing ever is. Together we can positively impact people’s lives and grow at the same time. We guarantee you that the reward will be worth it. 10, 15, 20 or 25 years from now, someone will stand up and say that his life was changed because of you.