Puerto Rico Emprende Academy seeks to develop business on island
SAN JUAN – Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced Wednesday the creation of Puerto Rico Emprende Academy, an initiative that will select 35 companies to receive training, tools, consulting and incentives to develop their businesses.
The program, which lasts six months and delas with key matters such as recruitment and financing, ends with graduation, when companies will have their own case study and estimated short- and long-term growth projections for their business.
About 225 entrepreneurs attended the opening event and participated in a training workshop where presentations about empowerment, business knowledge and finance were given.
The announcement was made alonside the executive director of the Puerto Rico Trade & Export Co. (CCE by its Spanish initials), Ricardo Llerandi, and the founder of Inprende, Alessandra Correa.
“The creation of this initiative responds to a need to unite the efforts of the public sector and the private sector to meet the needs of small and midsize businesses that want to improve their productivity and competitiveness. In this way, we strengthen the foundations of our economic development,” the governor said.
Llerandi held that “the goal with Puerto Rico Emprende Academy is to empower the community by instilling a business mentality that constantly seeks to innovate and progress, thus generating value for our local economy.”
Puerto Rico Emprende is a business platform that brings together existing and newly created CCE initiatives and has as the main objective of fostering more opportunities for the development of more local companies so they create jobs and be able to compete locally and abroad.