Bavarian Entrepreneurship and Advanced Training (BEAT) is a non-profit project funded by the Government of the Free State of Bavaria, Germany. The aim of the project is to lead local people and refugees in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to success in their entrepreneurial life. We provide top-notch entrepreneurial information and advice to anyone who is interested in the subject. BEAT is designed and planned by bfz (Die Beruflichen Fortbildungszentren der Bayerischen Wirtschaft ), and it is implemented by KGE (Kurdish German European Business Alliances).
Structure of Face-to-Face Consultation Sessions:
People who are interested in starting their own business, and they have a business idea or plan can visit our three offices in Erbil, Duhok, and Soran to get advice from our consultants. Our consultants, who are well-trained by German experts, can help them and be with them from scratch till launch and maintenance of the startup. For getting through a business idea, whether good or bad, our consultants need at least three sessions with each entrepreneur. The business ideas/models that are approved by the consultant are submitted to the project managers coordinators for review. Approved business plans are granted a micro fund to start the project.
Trainings and Workshops:
BEAT provides trainings and workshops for people who want to be entrepreneurs, as well as for those who already have a business. We lead workshops, trainings, seminars and round-table meetings in fields that are important for entrepreneurs. We have registration forms on our website and facebook page where people can register for the topics they want. To know more about this, please visit our Events page.
In its first phase, which started from August 2017 and ended on June 2019, BEAT has helped more than 500 people, out of which 100 started working, throughout the regions of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq to better understand entrepreneurship, and it has helped more than 65 entrepreneurs to launch their start-ups. BEAT has helped locals and refugees through training, seminars, workshops, meet-ups, and face-to-face consultation sessions.
The beneficiaries were located mostly in Erbil, Duhok, Soran, Sulaimani and Rania. You can read more about them here.
The project is funded by the Bavarian Government. The partners of the project are bfz, which is a German organization, KGE, which is a local company, and KRG (Kurdistan Regional Government). KGE helps bfz in the implementation of the project, and ensures that the project reaches its goals by the end of the project. Besides BEAT, KGE and bfz are partners in two other projects of PISHE and BINA. The Kurdistan Government of Iraq (KRG) is also part of the planning and supervision of the project. The two main entities of KRG that are associated with the project are Ministry of Planning (MoP) and Ministry of Labour and Social Afairs (MoLSA).