Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness in Latin America (ECLA) is a new program of the Columbia Business School in partnership with Endeavor, an organization providing support and resources to entrepreneurs around the world. The program will be offered beginning in January 2012, with classes offered both CBS and in a Latin American country still to be decided.
A year-long program, ECLA offers the resources of CBS’s faculty and business training to these entrepreneurs, giving them the academic foundation to turn business theory into practice on a local and international scale. Consisting of six educational “modules”, the course not only teaches the fundamentals of business, but also asks participants to extend themselves beyond the classroom, implementing in practice the business plans they developed in the classroom. The program also offers significant opportunity for networking, introducing entrepreneurs from all corners of Latin America to one another and enabling them to work together in partnerships that are vital to ensuring the success of their businesses.
Graduates of the program are awarded the Chazen Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness (CEC). Completion of the program equips participants with the tools to develop a successful venture.