Riyeda entrepreneurship fair opens in Tunis | Tunisia News Gazette

Riyeda entrepreneurship fair opens in Tunis

Over 8,000 people are expected at the two-day entrepreneurship fair, Riyeda, which opened Wednesday in Tunis.

This fifth edition brings together representatives of public and private financing and support structures, young graduates with innovative ideas, job seekers, Tunisian and foreign experts as well as entrepreneurs.

Representatives of financing structures and event sponsors underlined the need to foster the culture of entrepreneurship in a bid to create a generation of young entrepreneurs able to set up businesses and generate jobs.

Director-General of Universite Centrale Houbeb Ajmi said the university will set up an incubator in 2018 to boost firm creation; there is also need to strengthen the behavioural competencies of young graduates to help them present their project ideas and iron out difficulties on their way.

CEO of the Bank for Financing Small-and Medium Sized-Entreprises (French: BFPME) Labid Zaafrane laid emphasis on the importance of conducting a good market research and opting for co-founding to limit risks and encourage banks to fund projects.

Winners of Startup Tunisia Award were unveiled during the opening event. A second contest, Riyeda University challenge, is also on the agenda. A dozen students from various Tunisian public and private universities will come up with project ideas. The public at the fair will use an application to select winners.

Source: TAP News Agency

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