To promote cottage, small and medium industries in the country, the RGOB established Entrepreneurship Promotion Centre (EPC) in the early 1990s under erstwhile Ministry of Trade and Industries. However, in 2009, the whole range of EPC activities was transferred to MoLHR to promote entrepreneurship and encourage the youth to take up self employment as a preferred career option.
- To promote creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial culture through trainings
- To promote Entrepreneurship Education in TVET, Colleges under RUB and Schools
- To develop Business Incubation Centres
- To support new startups for job creation
- To develop critical skill development for the entrepreneurs
- Conduct and coordinate EDP training with relevant stakeholders such as Dzongkhags, NGOs and others Institutions
- Conduct Student Business Seedling program
- Conduct Training of Trainers in New Business Creation, Counseling, and Mentoring
- Conduct Startup Innovation Tech week and Start-up weekend
- Conduct Startup Acceleration program
- Conduct awareness program in Colleges, TTIs, and Schools and out of school youth
- Conduct Global Entrepreneurship week
- Organize Business Idea Competition
- Conduct training on Micro-works and online freelancing
- Facilitate access to finance through Priority Sector Lending(PSL) Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Limited(REDCL) , CSOs, and others
- Facilitate regulatory requirements for startups
- Support post business services such as mentoring and Business advisory services
- Facilitate providing incubation space for new startups
Basic and Advanced Entrepreneurship Development Training: The Division carries out regular training programs such as Basic Entrepreneurship Course (BEC) and Advanced Entrepreneurship Course (AEC). BEC is conducted for 120 hours/15 days. Job seekers within the age bracket of 18-29 years with qualification of class XII and below are eligible to apply. Similarly AEC is conducted for 160 hours/21 days targeting youths having bachelor’s degree qualifications. During the course, students are taught on basic entrepreneurship concepts, ecosystems, and action oriented learning based on Competency based Economies through Formation of Enterprise (CEFE) methodology. At the end of the training, trainees are required to develop viable business plans for further execution.
Student Business Seedling Program: The program was initiated by RMA in collaboration with Ministry of Labour and Human Resources. The program was piloted in Desi High School, Thimphu in 2018, with the objective to instill entrepreneurial spirit among prospective students.
Training of Trainer (TOT) on New Business Creation: entrepreneurship promotion focal officers in various agencies/institutions are required to be TOT certified in order to provide entrepreneurship trainings. The Division conducts TOT for TVET instructors, tertiary education lecturers, curriculum developers, and other relevant individuals. Along with the TOT training, beneficiaries are also provided with BEC and AEC curriculum. This activity is part of entrepreneurship integration in school and different learning institutions.
Startup Innovation Tech Week: Start-up Innovation Tech Week is a week-long innovative technology idea generation platform to get hands-on experiences, and test innovative ideas. Beginning with idea pitches, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. On subsequent days, teams focus on market validation, building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), demonstrate their prototypes, and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts. The program is open to any individual, interested to explore their innovative ideas.
Business Acceleration Program: The program provides additional training and support to entrepreneurs with viable business ideas. The acceleration program is designed for 3 months with a weeklong training in first week of each month. The participants are introduced with experienced mentors in their relevant field, to guide and provide adequate support to groom their ideas. At the end of the program, the entrepreneurs are expected to develop and launch their product. The participants are selected from cohorts of those who attended any of the existing programs with the Division.
Start-up Weekend: The program is a 54 hours event providing a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to develop a business idea, conduct market validation and pitch their ideas. During the event, mentors, volunteers and organizers help the participants to work on their ideas, and teams are formed to work on that idea to develop a working prototype, demo or presentation. The program is conducted in collaboration with TTPL.
Entrepreneurship Awareness Program: The Division conducts awareness program in technical training institutes, schools and colleges to create awareness on entrepreneurship culture and ecosystem in Bhutan.
Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW): GEW is observed worldwide by more than 170 countries representing in Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN). The day is observed in November. The event seeks to inspire those interested to explore their potential as an entrepreneur, fostering connections and increasing collaboration within the entrepreneurship ecosystems. Various sessions and workshop are held, and the best entrepreneur is awarded prize and certificate.
Business Idea Competition of Bhutan (BICOB): BICOB is conducted annually by the DoEHR in collaboration with Thimphu Techpark Limited. (TTPL), and other key stakeholders to promote business ideas, innovations and entrepreneurship in the country. During the competition eligible Bhutanese nationals have to submit idea describing the business and overall modality after which the ideas are assessed by a panel of judges. The shortlisted participants go through final prototype development and pitching. The winners of the competition are awarded cash prizes, certificates and given incubation space to further groom their ideas.
Setup of Digital Fabrication Labs: As part of the Flagship program, the Division will be setting up fablabs to help technology savvy entrepreneurs. Fablabs will be established on pilot basis at Jigme Wangchuck Power Training Institute (JWPTI) and Sherubtse College.
Micro-works and online freelancing: Micro-work and online freelancing provide ample opportunities for college youth and job seekers to earn income provided they are given right knowledge and skills. To begin with, the Division will be carrying out advocacy in five RUB colleges covering about 200- 300 college youth and gradually start providing training to those who are interested in the subsequent year.
Eligibility Criteria for Training Programs:
The youth must fulfill the following conditions:
- Should be a registered job seeker with the MoLHR job portal;
- Should be between 18-29 yrs. of age at the time of application;
- Should be ready to start a small business based on his/her training;
- Should be ready and willing to attend the course on a full time basis.
Registration & Frequency of Trainings
- MoLHR will announce the training program from time to time based on the availability of funds;
Upon announcement, one can register Online using the online registration form (www.molhr.gov.bt) Entrepreneurship & Self Employment System under Other Online Services