The BEL Initiative is an accelerator program of the Georgia Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce that provides education, mentorship, access and exposure to entrepreneurs from Haiti by hosting them in the United States for the summer.
Haitian entrepreneurs are exposed to doing business in the U.S. with opportunities to improve their business acumen while helping to launch or refine existing business plans. Fellows return to Haiti after the program committed to implement attained knowledge, resources, and solutions to their businesses and local communities.
Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership, are some of the key pillars we believe are needed to transform the economic landscape of Haiti. BEL is also a Haitian-Kreyol word that means beautiful, it is our goal to contribute to making Haiti beautiful in measurable ways.
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|Focus Area||Institution||2019 Dates|
|Business & Technology||Albany State University, Albany, GA||June 23 – 29, 2019|
|Venture School, International Trade, & Agribusiness||University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa||
June 30 – July 12,
|Business & Renewable Energy||Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA||
July 13 – July 21,
The focus of the initiative is for participants to understand and seek business opportunities in key industries to create or build economic solutions through entrepreneurship and scholarship. At the end of the program, students will present their ideas or solutions to an audience comprised of members from the Georgia-Haitian American Chamber of Commerce, Inc., local entrepreneurs and business owners, program instructors and prominent individuals within the community. We hope enrich communities and people here in the United States and those of beautiful island called Haiti.