Empretec is a flagship capacity-building programme of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for the promotion of entrepreneurship and micro, small and medium sized enterprises (MSMEs) to facilitate sustainable development and inclusive growth.

Empretec’s core product is the Entrepreneurship Training Workshop (ETW), which aims to foster the motivation and self-confidence of participants who have chosen to start or expand their businesses. It is based on a behavioural approach, designed to unleash personal entrepreneurial potential. The methodology has proved to be effective for a vast range of target audiences in advanced and less developed economies. It works equally well for mature entrepreneurs and new entrants, opportunity and necessity entrepreneurs, participants with different levels of education. Tailor-made adaptations are made for vulnerable groups such as women, youth, retired people and participants with low literacy levels. The programme also promotes small supplier development, social and green entrepreneurship.

Empretec has a network of national Empretec centres established in 40 countries, which provides an opportunity for participants to explore international markets and establish cross border business links. The Enterprise Branch of the Division on Investment and Enterprise coordinates the programme from Geneva, Switzerland.

In the 30 years since its launch in 1988, Empretec has continuously demonstrated high impact positively affecting efficiency, sustainability and revenue generation of the participants’ businesses, resulting in their increased survival and growth rates, and the creation of new jobs.
For more information about Empretec, sub-programmes and events:
Business linkages
Empretec Women in Business Award
Empretec Global Summit


First graduates of Empretec workshop herald efforts to build up SME sector in Angola

Business owners in Angola from such sectors as aquaculture, information technology and education were among the first graduates of a new UNCTAD-run entrepreneurship training programme which concluded in the capital city Luanda on 4 August.

Watch some of them speaking about their experience.

The initial six-day course was attended by 28 entrepreneurs and is part of a four-year UNCTAD-European Union project to help Angola diversify its economy so that it depends less on oil exports following a collapse in prices in 2014. The Empretec graduates included young entrepreneurs and businesswomen as well as senior executives. More…

Group photo of participants to the first Empretec workshop in Luanda, Angola


Empretec Network: Impact and Success Stories

Newsletter N. 33


22 – 26 October 2018

2018 World Investment Forum
Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

25 October 2018

Ministerial Roundtable on Entrepreneurship and
Celebration of 30 years of Empretec
10:00 – 13:00 at the Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland

2018 Empretec Women in Business Award ceremony
18:00 at the Palais des Nations
Geneva, Switzerland