Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative is launching with two programmes in 2020 that are designed to help young businesses cope with the economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A total sum of nearly €3 million will be distributed directly to entrepreneurs in 6 countries to provide them with financial security while they focus on adapting their businesses to the unique struggles they have faced during the crisis.

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If you’re a business owner or founder in the Tourism sector, this is the opportunity for you! Together with the TUI Care Foundation, enpact is launching the COVID-19 Relief Programme for Tourism to support 150 young, innovative businesses in Mexico, Kenya, Indonesia, and Jordan through dedicated mentoring, financial backing of up to 9,000 Euros, and expert workshops.

Tourism is one of the sectors hit the hardest by the COVID-19 crisis. One in ten people around the world are employed within the tourism sector, and millions of jobs are now at risk as a result. As a sector, tourism allows for numerous income opportunities for a diverse range of people from all backgrounds in emerging markets.

The COVID-19 Relief Programme for Tourism aims to empower local tourism structures to maintain jobs, create new prospects, and help destinations revive international tourism and collaborate with the key actors in the German tourism industry. The programme is open for young, innovative businesses that operate in the Travel & Tourism sector or along the Tourism supply chain.

The Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative was created to provide direct support for entrepreneurs in emerging markets. Derived from a number of our portfolio products, the Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative supports young, innovative businesses with a curated combination of mentoring, workshops, network building and funding.

In recent years, the German Development Cooperation has placed a special focus on supporting innovative businesses and startups in emerging and developing countries. After all, it is precisely these businesses that develop innovative solutions to local problems, create jobs, unlock potential for growth, and ultimately become role models and pillars of their societies. The COVID-19 pandemic poses an acute threat to years of hard work to establish and grow these businesses due to its economic consequences, both in the short and long term.

Comprehensive relief programmes, such as stimulus packages that exist in the well-established economies, often do not exist in emerging and developing countries. Subsequently, a fast and direct response is immediately needed to provide resources, mentoring and financial support for young, innovative entrepreneurs in emerging economies.

Based on existing support programmes in Germany and their adaptation to local contexts, founders and their businesses can be supported efficiently and effectively to help them sustain their business and grow through this challenging time. The Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative will allow us to implement a modern solution to development cooperation — one that is focused on sustained economic growth.


Businesses will receive:

  • Individual mentoring sessions, tailored to their business needs
  • Financial support of up to 9000 Euros
  • Expert workshops on crisis management, business development, leadership and growth
  • Access to the global network of +1000 startups, +300 mentors, experts and investors across five different continents
  • Access to mentors and experts from TUI Care Foundation and TUI Group
  • Increased visibility among potential clients in the Tourism sector


  • All businesses participating in the programme need to be legally registered in Mexico, Jordan, Kenya or Indonesia between the beginning of 2010 and the end of 2019.
  • The business must have been legally registered between January 2010 and December 2019
  • This programme is aimed at businesses that are already legally registered, have been previously operational and have proof of previous revenue or paying clients and customers.
  • 1-3 team members are eligible for financial support per business. At least one must be a founder or co-founder of the business. Other applicants can be part of the executive management team.
  • There is a minimum age for eligibility for team members of 18 years.
Eligible Regions: Kenya, Mexico, Indonesia, Jordan

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

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Application Deadline: September 23, 2020

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