The organization Vitrina Solidaria opened a call for the Loíza Glocal Bootcamp project that seeks to train and advise entrepreneurs and owners of small and medium-sized companies from Loiza to contribute to the socioeconomic development of that coastal municipality, reported executive director Raquel Skerrett Escalera.
The spokesperson indicated that since 2009 different community-based entities have managed to significantly reduce the problem of weapons in the streets. With the Loíza Glocal Bootcamp, Vitrina Solidaria joins these efforts to help tackle another of the great challenges facing communities, poverty.
“One of the main challenges that Loíza faces is his high rate of poverty and unemployment. Through the Loíza Glocal Bootcamp program, we will initiate an educational and business training process free of cost where people present their projects to develop as entrepreneurs and create jobs, ”said Skerrett Escalera.
Census data (2016 Estimate) establish that 49.6% of the Loíza community lives below poverty levels. Median income in dollars is $ 18,154.00. And the unemployment rate varies between 19% and 37%.
Skerrett Escalera said that Vitrina Solidaria uses the “Entrepreneurial Bootcamp” methodology and accompaniment to train businessmen and / or entrepreneurs, which consists of 40 hours of training and practical virtual training sessions. During these sessions, participants will be trained in entrepreneurship, environment and community issues. In addition, they will develop their solidarity business canvas, which in this case is an exclusive document of Vitrina Solidaria that has been modified with three (3) new blocks that integrate sustainability into their initiatives and projects. During the Bootcamp they will also create the annual action plan aimed at outlining the steps to follow for a year.
At the end of the Bootcamp, a maximum of 10 community businesses will be selected to receive a marketing toolkit for their business. Loíza Glocal Bootcamp participants will receive accompaniment and technical support throughout the process and after completion. 40 hours.
Entries must be submitted on or before November 6, 2020, Through the online application available at www.vitrinasolidaria.org/loizaglocal. Proposals submitted by email or post will not be received. Those selected will be announced during the month of November.
The executive director mentioned that the virtual ‘bootcamp’ will take place during the first three (3) weeks of December 2020, the last three (3) weeks of January 2021 and the first week of February 2021. All sessions will meet virtually Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.
Participation in the Loíza Glocal Bootcamp is open to any company, team or person, over 18 years of age, resident of Puerto Rico. However, the person must reside in Loíza during the course of the program and must have resided in Loíza a minimum of three months before the start of the program. For teams, at least 50% of the business owners must be permanent residents of Loíza.
For additional information, you can communicate by email to [email protected] or they can call or text (787) 690-7272.