Leadership Lab 2.0
01. The importance of cultural diversity
Entrepreneurship in Morocco presents a dynamic interplay of challenges and prospects, intricately shaped by the nation’s economic, cultural, and regulatory dynamics. The entrepreneurial fabric of Morocco is notably impacted by a substantial youth demographic, as a growing number of young Moroccans actively engage in entrepreneurship, motivated by a quest for independence, a drive for innovation, and the exploration of novel opportunities. While traditional business models and family enterprises hold cultural significance in Morocco, there is a shifting mindset that increasingly values innovation and a willingness to take risks, particularly evident among the younger generation. This evolving perspective reflects a departure from conventional norms towards a more progressive and entrepreneurial outlook.
AFCD aims to use the best practices developed in the U.S. entrepreneurial system and the principles of participatory democracy to build the knowledge and capacity of the youth selected to participate in the Leadership Lab civic engagement and entrepreneurship training tracks.
02. Project Summary
The Leadership Lab, a dynamic year-long program, aims to empower 60 emerging leaders and young entrepreneurs (ages 18-30) across Morocco. Through immersive training, networking, and a robust multi-stakeholder approach infused with U.S. entrepreneurial best practices, the program is a catalyst for knowledge and capacity building. Launched at The Moroccan American Leadership Forum and facilitated by the AFCD Foundation, the program unfolds with a transformative three-month Online Training and a high-impact Entrepreneurship & Civic Engagement Boot Camp. The climax is the Pitching Competition and Impact Hackathon, providing a pivotal platform for entrepreneurs to secure seed funding while igniting innovative solutions to local challenges by civil activists. This initiative, underscored by mentorship, aspires to cultivate influential change-makers, propelling a wave of transformation across diverse fields in Morocco.
03. Leadership Lab in Numbers
- 60 Participants
- 12 months of training
- 6 Mentors for 10 participants
- 4 grants winners
04. Project Activities
The year-long duration of The Leadership Lab program ensures a year brimming with impactful activities. Committed to the cause, The Leadership Lab is dedicated to formulating and executing an extensive program, providing participants with a wealth of opportunities to cultivate essential leadership skills.
- To give the participants the opportunity the hone their communication skills
- To enhance the acceptance of others, hence tolerance, and anchoring the positive learnability
- To raise the participant’s awareness on the subject matter under the umbrella of “Little diversity hurts no one “
05. Relation with sustainable development goals
Our project most likely contributes to fulfilling the UNs Sustainable Development Goals by standing for:
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality