Vanuatu, like many island nations, is under immediate threat from climate change and other environmental issues, and also faces challenges in creating good career opportunities for young people and others. In an effort to address these issues in Vanuatu, as well as in Fiji and Kiribati, the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) embarked on a new program in 2018 known as Pacific Greenpreneurs. This program was designed to help prospective entrepreneurs develop green business ideas, and help them develop the skills they need to bring these ideas to fruition and make an impact on green growth in their country. GGGI believes that harnessing the energy of the young – and the “young at heart” – through private sector innovation is crucial to developing strong,
sustainable economies and addressing environmental issues. Vanuatu has ambitious goals for the future, and will need all hands on deck to meet these goals through innovation, creativity, and hard work.
In Vanuatu, the Greenpreneurs Jumpstart Your Green Business Workshop was held in September 2018, organized jointly with the Pacific Centre of Excellence for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency. Over twenty participants engaged with trainers and local business mentors to learn about trends in agriculture, waste, and low impact tourism; requirements for starting a business in the country; and examples of existing successful green businesses in Vanuatu and the Pacific region. This guide is based on the information covered in the workshop, and aims to assist other potential green entrepreneurs in developing new, innovative green business ideas that will help Vanuatu meet its environmental and developmental goals and ensure a clean, prosperous future for the country.
The guide includes an overview of green entrepreneurship, a discussion of the key sustainability issues in Vanuatu and how they apply to businesses, a guide to developing your business model based on the Lean Startup model, a listing of specific steps that need to be taken to register and start a company in Vanuatu, and links to additional resources specific to Vanuatu.
To download the individual chapters of the Guide to Green Entrepreneurship in Vanuatu separately, please use the following links: