1. Background

National Institute of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (NIEI) is a state-run institution which functions under the Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MLVT). It was established by the Government of Cambodia.

NIEI was formally inaugurated on 27th February 2006 which was named Cambodia- India Entrepreneurship Development Centre (CIEDC). CIEDC was one of the four Entrepreneurship Development Centers (EDC) established as part of India’s technical assistance under IAI (Initiative for ASEAN Integration) in the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam). CIEDC received technical guidance from Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDII) for development and updating of training modules tailored to Cambodian situation.

On September 19th, 2014, the center was renamed to Cambodia- India Entrepreneurship Development Institute(CIEDI). After that on January 28th, 2019, CIEDI was changed to NIEI. NIEI was accorded the status of national institute by a sub decree N. 24 អនក្របក by the Royal Government of Cambodia.

2. Focus Areas

NIEI focuses on the following entrepreneurship related activities to help create an entrepreneurial environment in Cambodia in which, entrepreneurship germinates and grows:
(i) Entrepreneurship Development Programmes for New enterprise Creation.
(ii) Performance Improvement and Growth Programme for existing entrepreneurs.
(iii) Training of Entrepreneurship Development Trainers/Teachers.
(iv) Management Development programme for Industry Associations/NGOs.
(v) Computer application in Small Business
(vi) Research and consultancy on Small Business Development
(vii) Techno-preneurship.

3. The Team

The team comprise of well trained professionals with experience in imparting entrepreneurship and small business development training. At present NIEI have 94 Trainers in addition to a full time Director and three Deputy Director from Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training (MoLVT). The trainers are drawn from diverse background namely business administration, finance, marketing, economic, law, IT, agriculture, livestock development etc. All the trainers including the Director and the Deputy Director have been trained on Trainers of Training (ToT) on Entrepreneurship Development at Entrepreneurship Development Institute, India (EDII), National Institute of Small Industries Extension Training (NISIET) and national Institute of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development (NIESBUD) in India.

4. Relevant Technical Experience

During the last ten years of its existence, NIEI has made commendable progress in terms of training activities, counseling to entrepreneurs and has established good network with business associations and agencies in Government, International and local. Some of the relevant experiences in capacity building programmes are:

(i). Training on Village Lantern services

NIEI conducted a three weeks workshop on Village Lantern Rental services for selected rural entrepreneurs in Kien Syay district, Kandal province. The objective of the business workshop was to train a team of Rural Entrepreneurs by developing their entrepreneurial competencies to start up and manage village lantern rental services in the rural areas. A post training mentoring was done for all the 15 service entrepreneurs for 3 months. The businesses of the trained micro entrepreneurs were highly successful. The demand for the services was quite high but due to the limited numbers of LED lamps, the expansion of the businesses by the micro entrepreneurs was restricted. A detailed business monitoring report on business performance, problems and prospects of the micro entrepreneurs was prepared and presented to the stakeholders.

Based on the success of the pilot activity, a ten member Cambodian team including Director of NIEI and a NIEI’s trainer were sponsored by GTZ for a study tour to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam to explore potential business partner. The objective of the study tour was to identify potential partners to train Cambodian entrepreneurs on LED assembling/manufacturing for expansion of the LED lantern project in other provinces of Cambodia. On return, the team presented the findings and a detail proposal is under preparation for necessary funding from prospective donors mainly GTZ and UNDP.

(ii). Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Micro Entrepreneurs

A two weeks Entrepreneurship Development Programme for Micro Entrepreneurs was conducted for micro entrepreneurs of Kamworks. The main objective was to create awareness of the entrepreneurial competencies for setting up of business enterprises and to sharpen decision making process through understanding key aspects of managing and performance improvement in business enterprise. Post training follow up was done to evaluate the training impact. The participants were introduced with a monitoring form to record their business progress after one month of launching their business. The forms were collected back and assessment was made to identify business prospects and constraints and utilized the information for providing mentoring services.

(iii). Partnership with the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV) as Local Capacity Builder (LCB) to assists Cambodian Farmers Association Federation of Agricultural Producers (CFAP)  for promoting private sector on Small holder cash crop. The first stage stated from (May, 2010-Janaury, 2011) and the second stage stated from (August to December, 2011).

(iv). Training delivery on Sewing course by including entrepreneurship training (New enterprise creation program) for WAMY CHARITY ORGANIZATION. (March- August, 2011). (Techno-preneurship).

(v). With supported funds from (ADB), NIEI is implementing TVET skill bridging.

(vi). From February to 30 November, 2011, NIEI has conducted 16 training workshops on Get Ahead and Financial Education for ILO with 400 trainees (post and current garment worker).

(vii). NIEI is implementing one project (training of trainers and advice on organizational development for rural entrepreneurs) for GIZ (Programm Regionale Wirtschaft sent wick lung ‘Green Belt’ Siem Reap Province ll.

(viii). With supported funds from the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), NIEI as Local Capacity Builder (LCB) for promoting private sector on Bio digester construction in Cambodia (2008- end of 2012). Plan (2013-216). As a result, 42 bio-digester construction companies’ (BCC) were establish in seven provinces, namely Kampong Cham, Svay Reang, Prey Veng, Kandal, Takeo, Kampot, and in this year we plan to select 20 qualifies entrepreneurs in four new provinces, namely Kampong Chnang, Portsat, Kampongthom and Siem Reap.

(ix). New Enterprise Creation Programme (NECP). NIEI conducted the consultancy service, NECP with ACTED Cambodia in the 04 community learning centers in Svay Antor District, Preyveng Province(2016-2017). That project was funded by the European Union and implemented by ACTED Cambodia and Khmer Youth Association(KYA).

(x). World Vision International/Cambodia cooperated with NIEI on in a project called Youth Leadership Lilyhood Development (2015-2018). That project is funded by the Australian Aid and implemented by World Vision International/Cambodia. NIEI conducted the NECP in 05 provinces, Takeo, Kompong Chhnang, Siem Reap and Preah Vihea and Phnom Penh.