Algeria Entrepreneurship & Employment Program

SITES: Algiers, Blida and Sétif – Algeria
DURATION: 10/01/2019 – 09/30/2020
FUNDER: U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)
PARTNER: Algerian Center for Social Entrepreneurship (ACSE), Management Business International Institute (MBI) Setif

Program Description

The Algeria Entrepreneurship & Employment Program supports the start-up of new youth-led enterprises while increasing the market for youth skills and products through support for existing non-hydrocarbon small- to mid-size enterprises.

The program will introduce a more demand-driven incubation process for youth-led business products or services to help ensure the start-up these new enterprises. It also strives to improve employment opportunities for youth by supporting the growth of existing small to mid-size enterprises (SMEs) outside of the hydrocarbon sector. This dual strategy is key to diversifying Algeria’s economy within the knowledge and technology-based sectors, improving economic stability, and employing more young Algerians. The program will also help expand employment by establishing demand-driven training agreements to help ensure young Algerians have access to high-quality, relevant training opportunities.

Program Goals

  • Identify knowledge- and technology-based business sectors in Algeria with high potential for growth and creation of employment opportunities for young women and men.
  • Prepare young Algeria men and women to meet the demands of knowledge and technology based promising sectors with high-quality, demand-driven training opportunities and job placement.
  • Incubate emerging and innovative social entrepreneurs and connect them with the supply chain and potential investors.

SME Growth Acceleration Course Overview



The U.S. Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)