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GGGI Releases Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Kiribati

South Tarawa, Kiribati – The Global Green Growth Institute today released the Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Kiribati.  The guide is designed to support local entrepreneurs in developing and launching green businesses in Kiribati in order to further the country’s progress toward its climate change adaptation and development goals.

The Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Kiribati is based on the content that was included in GGGI’s “Jumpstart Your Green Business” workshop, held in South Tarawa last October, and focuses on helping people create new businesses that that address environmental or social issues as a core part of their business model.

The guide is aimed at supporting new or early stage entrepreneurs in clarifying their business concepts and giving them the tools they need to get their new company off the ground. It includes an overview of green entrepreneurship, a discussion of the key sustainability issues in Kiribati and how they apply to businesses, steps to developing a basic business model, a listing of the specific steps to register and start a company in Kiribati, and links to additional resources specific to Kiribati. It also contains interactive exercises, links to relevant videos and online resources, and examples of existing green businesses in Vanuatu and across the Pacific, as well as practical tips from successful green business owners.

“This guide is an important milestone for the support of green entrepreneurship in Kiribati.  It provides specific information – a detailed checklist on the requirements for starting a business and the associated costs – all in one place. We hope that this guide will help entrepreneurs develop innovative green business ideas and also make the administrative side of opening a company a little bit easier” said Kristin Deason, GGGI’s Senior Pacific Officer.

“Kiribati has ambitious environmental and climate goals, and there is an opportunity for private companies to help the country reach its goals, develop the economy, and make money at the same time.  However, it is not easy to get started.  By supporting and encouraging the development of green businesses, we hope to facilitate the growth of the private sector and its contribution in helping solve environmental and social issues,” said Katerina Syngellakis, Pacific Regional Representative for GGGI.

The guide can be downloaded from GGGI’s website here:  http://gggi.org/report/guide-to-green-entrepreneurship-in-kiribati/

This guide and workshop are part of GGGI’s global Greenpreneurs program.  The program includes  national programs in a number of GGGI member countries including the UAE, Viet Nam, the Philippines, Mexico, Rwanda, Fiji, Vanuatu, and Kiribati, as well as a global virtual accelerator program and competition run jointly with Student Energy and the Youth Climate Lab.  For more information about the global program, please visit https://www.greenpreneurs.co/.