YEEP-business puts the focus on business ideas created by Ethiopian students of different technical faculties at Hawassa University. Together with students from various schools and universities of the different levels of the Swiss education system they participate in the YEEP-business International exposure week in Ethiopia. Swiss students, which act as partners, trainers and coaches, travel to Hawassa and spend one week with their Ethiopian colleagues. In different formats like input presentations, coaching sessions and daily challenges, all participants try to transform technical ideas into feasible businesses.
Graduates of the project have already won other start-up financing competitions and have founded their own companies.
Besides the business aspects, much of the learning, especially in the field of intercultural communication, also takes place in informal sessions and free time, which makes YEEP a truly international and intercultural experience.