Up to $1.000 in Seed Funding for SMEs

In addition to non-reimbursable funds, Panamanian entrepreneurs will receive technical assistance for elaborating business plans.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Congress is discussing Law 35, which comprises the creation of the Entrepreneurship Fostering Fund. This includes a Seed Capital trust fund, and resources for Technical Assistance, Guarantees and Micro-credit.

"Seed Funding 'has a social purposes. It looks to assist people living in extreme poverty in creating their own businesses", explained Gisella de Calcagno, head of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise Authority.

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