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Theory of Change

Vision

Entrepreneurs Across Borders envisions a world where entrepreneurship is a powerful force for economic development and poverty alleviation in developing nations, every budding entrepreneur is connected to a global entrepreneurship network, and every seasoned entrepreneur gives back by coaching the next generation and opening their network to accelerate opportunities for budding entrepreneurs.

Mission

We identify and curate startups in order to connect them to a global community of entrepreneurs and the resources they need to thrive. Our mission is to connect 500 emerging entrepreneurs in Jamaica to seasoned entrepreneurs in our network in five years.

Problem Statement

Many individuals in developing nations lack access to the resources and support needed to turn their enrepreneurial ideas into successful businesses. Limited access to capital, mentorship, and networks hinders their ability to overcome barriers and create economic opportunities. This perpetuates cycles of poverty and inequality, preventing communities from reaching their full potential.

Goals and Outcomes

  • Empower aspiring entrepreneurs in developing nations to launch and grow successful businesses.
  • Foster cross-cultural exchange and collaboration between entrepreneurs in the United States and developing nations.
  • Stimulate economic development and job creation in underserved communities.
  • Reduce poverty and inequality by providing opportunities for sustainable income generation.

Impact:

Reduce poverty and inequality by providing opportunities for sustainable income generation.

Strategies and Activities

  • Establish a digital platform connecting successful entrepreneurs in the United States with emerging entrepreneurs in developing nations.
  • Facilitate mentorship programs, providing guidance and support to entrepreneurs at various stages of business development.
  • Provide access to funding opportunities through grants, loans, and investment networks.
  • Organize networking events, workshops, and conferences to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration.
  • Offer training and capacity-building programs to enhance entrepreneurial skills and business acumen.
  • Partner with local organizations and stakeholders to ensure relevance and sustainability of interventions.

Assumptions and Risks

  • Assumption: Entrepreneurship can be a powerful driver of economic development.
  • Assumption: Successful entrepreneurs are willing to share their expertise and resources to support emerging entrepreneurs.
  • Assumption: Emerging entrepreneurs in developing nations are willing to accept mentorship from American seasoned entrepreneurs.
  • Risk: Limited access to reliable internet and technology infrastructure may hinder participation in digital platforms.
  • Risk: Entrepreneurship is hard and some people embarking on an entrepreneurial journey may become disillusioned with entrepreneurship.

Inputs and Resources

  • Financial resources for program implementation, including funding for grants, operational expenses, and staff salaries.
  • Expertise and support from successful entrepreneurs, mentors, and advisors.
  • Access to digital platforms and technology infrastructure for communication and collaboration.
  • Partnerships with local organizations, government agencies, and community leaders who are working with emerging entrepreneurs in developing nations.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Regularly monitor participation rates and engagement metrics on the digital platform.
  • Conduct surveys and interviews to gather feedback from program participants and stakeholders.
  • Track the growth and success of businesses launched by program participants.
  • Evaluate the long-term impact on economic development indicators, such as job creation and income generation.

Learning and Adaptation

  • Continuously gather data and insights to inform program improvements and adjustments.
  • Foster a culture of learning and reflection among staff, volunteers, and program participants.
  • Stay responsive to the evolving needs and challenges of entrepreneurs in developing nations.
  • Share lessons learned and best practices with the broader entrepreneurial ecosystem.

By implementing this theory of change, Entrepreneurs Across Borders aims to empower entrepreneurs in developing nations to unlock their full potential, catalyzing sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation in communities around the world.

Brand Values

  • Empowerment: Providing tools, resources, and mentorship to empower emerging entrepreneurs to achieve their full potential.
  • Inclusivity: Creating a welcoming and supportive environment that embraces diversity and encourages collaboration across borders.
  • Innovation: Fostering creativity, resilience, and forward-thinking solutions to address global challenges and drive meaningful change.
  • Community: Building a network of like-minded individuals who share a passion for entrepreneurship and are committed to supporting each other's growth and success in a “give first” manner not expecting anything in return.