Entrepreneurship Development Institute

The Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDI) - Ethiopia is an autonomous institution reporting to the newly established Ministry of Labor and Skills, came into being following the latest government reorganization bringing together two entities, namely: The UNDP-supported Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC), established in February 2013, and the World Bank-financed Women Entrepreneurship Development Project (WEDP), inaugurated in December 2012. Both projects used to operate under the auspices of the former Ministry of Urban Development and Construction before the reorganization. EDI aims to midwife the emergence of a vibrant, competitive, and innovative private sector driven by a dynamic, vibrant, and growth-oriented SME sector. This is accomplished through a comprehensive package of entrepreneurship support programs ranging from ecosystem and capacity building to business development services (BDS), access to finance ...

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What we offer at EDI

Training Workshops

EDI provides various entrepreneurship training packages in order to increase the capacity (skill and competency) of entrepreneurs. The types of training packages that EDI provides to entrepreneurs include:

  • Entrepreneurship Training Workshop
  • Customized Entrepreneurship Training
  • Women Entrepreneurship Training
  • Youth Entrepreneurship Training
  • Rural Entrepreneurship Training

EDI’s training programmes are offered in Amharic, Afaan Oromoo, and Tigrigna.

Business Training Workshop

The Business Development Service (BDS) department’s goal is to support the establishment of new SMEs and enhance growth of existing ones which will result in improved productivity and job creation for the country. This will be achieved through the provision of continuous business advisory service.



Innovation for Development is defined as the process of designing, developing, and growing new ideas that help fix pressing unmet economic or technological development or social needs. Development challenges require innovative solutions, linking different actors and a collective tapping into bodies of knowledge and development solutions. Innovation can be a powerful mechanism for enabling youth and women, the private sector, government entities and civil society to come up with sustainable solutions for development challenges.


Providing training and credit to micro and small enterprises owned or partly owned by the participating female entrepreneurs in Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Mekele, Bahir Dar, Adama, Hawassa, Assela, Axum, Dilla and Gondar Cities to increase the earnings and employment of the enterprises

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