The CSCP SMART Start-up program aims to improve the quality of entrepreneurship through capacity development and inspiration. We do this by promoting the concept of sustainability as a field of opportunity for various actors, including potential and existing entrepreneurs, investors, business providers, policy making, and educators.
The SMART Start-up program was first developed and implemented as the “Introducing Sustainable Lifestyles and Sustainable Entrepreneurship into African Universities and Colleges” project in 2009 as a component of the African 10 Year Framework of Programmes (10YFP) initiative led by the Swedish Ministry of Environment.
The training materials and methodologies were further tested in an “Educate-the-Educators” workshop held in Germany in April of 2010. This training brought together students and educators from fifteen African and European universities. A stakeholder meeting on sustainable entrepreneurship was also held following the event. Both of the events were stepping stones toward the development of later SMART Start-up initiatives.
The third edition of SMART Start-up focuses on the challenges and opportunities for Sustainable Entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean countries and was developed with the support of the Regional Activity Center for Cleaner Production (CPRAC).