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


Seventh Empretec Global Summit

Empretec Global Summit is an annual event which was first launched by UNCTAD in 2014 during Global Entrepreneurship Congress. This year the Summit is organized with support of the UN project titled “Global initiative towards the post-COVID-19 resurgence of the MSME sector” initiated in March 2020 as part of the UN Framework for the immediate socio-economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 7th Empretec Global Summit is organized by UNCTAD to discuss how the post-COVID-19 resurgence of the MSME sector can be supported and facilitated by its entrepreneurship promotion programme called “Empretec”. Since its inception in 1988, Empretec, with its unique and mind set changing methodology, helped thousands of people not only to get out of poverty, but to build successful and profitable businesses, create new jobs and improve quality of their own lives and well-being of many others.

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Empretec Newsletter No. 39

Policy Guide for Migrants and Refugees (UNCTAD/UNHCR/IOM)


20 April 2021

Global Empretec Summit
Virtual Event
14:00 (CEST)

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