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Call for Applications: Free Entrepreneurship and Innovation Training Programme (Fully funded)

Call for Applications: Free Entrepreneurship and Innovation Training Programme (Fully funded)

Promoting Food Security and Economic Development in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is excited to announce the opening of applications for its prestigious training programme, “Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Promoting Food Security and Economic Development in Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon.” This programme is targeted at young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 45 who are passionate about making a positive impact in their communities by addressing food security issues and driving economic growth.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

About the Programme

This comprehensive training initiative aims to equip participants with both foundational and advanced knowledge in entrepreneurship, focusing on solutions that promote food security and economic development. The programme will run from June 2024 until March 2025 and is generously supported by the Government and People of Japan. Participants who successfully complete the programme will receive a UNITAR certificate of completion.

Programme Highlights:

  • Duration: June 2024 – March 2025
  • Language: English
  • Cost: Free of charge
  • Application Deadline: June 30, 2024, 11:59 PM JST

Programme Structure

The training is divided into three distinct phases:

Phase 1: Foundational Training (July – October 2024)

Approximately 100 participants will engage in online training covering key entrepreneurship topics such as the basics of entrepreneurship, agribusiness, and identifying high-potential business opportunities. This phase includes self-paced courses, peer discussions, assignments, and webinars led by regional and international experts.

Phase 2: Advanced Training (October – December 2024)

Around 20 top-ranked participants will advance to training on entrepreneurial tools and techniques. They will focus on developing innovative and sustainable business solutions to tackle food security challenges, including climate-smart agricultural and aquacultural practices.

Phase 3: Business Blueprint Development (December 2024 – March 2025)

The final phase will see approximately 10 top performers develop detailed blueprints for new enterprises or projects with high potential for job creation and resilience-building in the agrifood sector. This phase includes mentorship, coaching, and potentially an intensive workshop conducted either online or in person.

Eligibility Criteria

The programme is open to motivated entrepreneurs from Egypt, Iraq, and Lebanon who meet the following criteria:

  • Aged 18-45 years
  • Passionate about making a positive impact in their community
  • Proficient in spoken and written English
  • Committed to completing the entire programme
  • Have work experience or interest in agribusiness, food security, or general entrepreneurship
  • Able to commit a minimum of 2-4 hours per week during the programme

How to Apply

Interested candidates can apply by registering HERE. Please ensure that your application is submitted by the deadline: June 30, 2024.


The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is the dedicated training arm of the United Nations, committed to empowering individuals and organizations through innovative learning solutions. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners globally. With offices in Geneva, Hiroshima, New York, and Bonn, UNITAR leverages a global network to support sustainable development and promote inclusive economic growth.

UNITAR Division for Prosperity offers world-class learning services to future change-makers. We focus on promoting sustainable economic development and creating decent employment opportunities, particularly for youth and women, to address global inequalities. Through our collaborative efforts, we aim to propel the 2030 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals, achieving a prosperous, inclusive, and sustainable world.

For more information about the programme and to download the flyer, please visit UNITAR’s website.

UNITAR 28 May 2024, Hiroshima, Japan