Through this year's South Africa Mobile Entrepreneurs Program (MEP), OGE has trained 215 aspiring entrepreneurs, street vendors and informal small business owners in entrepreneurship, technology and Internet safety skills. Here's a look at the results the entrepreneurs achieved after completing intensive in-person training, receiving advice and tips via text message and exercising new skills:
75% of participants have created a business plan or improved upon their existing business plan
72% of MEP participants, who own businesses or have started businesses, have established an online presence for their business.
65% of MEP participants have created marketing plans
53% of MEP participants are incorporating the use of social media into marketing plans
72% of MEP participants have created and are accessing a LinkedIn profile for online professional networking
100% of MEP participants learned how to conduct online research to increase business knowledge and access information about government or private funding, or additional support through local entrepreneurship-focused organizations; 83% are utilizing this skill to advance their business.
100% of participants have increased their cyber security awareness
100% of participants have learned how to recognize common threats targeting small businesses such as information theft and fraud
100% of participants have learned how to protect their small business and personal ID
Thanks to our Global Giving donors for supporting MEP to empower high impact entrepreneurs across Johannesburg!
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