Entrepreneurship in schools has the power to re-build & accelerate the economy

“Unemployment in Panama has grown by 25% and informal work has increased by 55% in 2020” – Forbes Centroamerica

Inspired by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Prof. Yunus ‘we are not seekers, we are job creators”,  the Academy of Entrepreneurs, Panamanian Embassy in Australia and the Panamanian Ministry of Education united their forces to transform 24,000 High School Students and Teachers into Entrepreneurs.

The Academy of Entrepreneurs built an exclusive program to empower the participants with the skills and network to turn problems into businesses that create an impact aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The classes were taught for 8 weeks 100% online and in Spanish followed by two weeks of pitch preparation and a Final Pitch on December 10th, 2020.

It was impressive to see how the Panamanian High School teachers were extremely engaged and participated week-by-week and used and integrated our extra curricular weekly activities into the school curriculum.

This program successfully contributed to the COVID-19 economic recovery and to foster Latin American – Australia connections via Entrepreneurship / online trade between Australia and Panama.

We would like to also thank the Deputy Minister of Education, Zonia Gallardo de Smith, the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs and Cooperation Erika Mouynes, the Australian Ambassador to Mexico, attending in Panama, Remo Moretta and Ambassador of Panama in Australia, Marcelino Aviles for your collaboration.

We would also like to thank Miguel Mudbidri, International Trade expert and entrepreneur, and Andres Garzon, Business Growth Coach and Entrepreneur, for judging and mentoring in the Final Pitch Day!

And a super congratulation to  the winners Lorena González and Faryth Staley from the Colegio bilingüe María Auxiliadora, the co-founders of “Reciplas”, a plastic recycling startup that turns plastic bottles into bricks and used to build affordable, environmental friendly, and sustainable houses in 3 days and schools in 7 days.

“Our Mission has always been to accelerate social impact, so this is just the beginning.”

 – Paula Mills, CEO of the Academy of Entrepreneurs

We are extremely proud with the results and aim to expand this project in 100+ schools across Australia and the world.

Please contact us at info@aestudy.com so we can discuss how we can transform your students into “job creators, not job seekers” and create an impact in your school and community.





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I would like to address you, on the occasion of greeting you and at the same time informing you that we are always here to serve you with all the support you need, for us as a country (Panama) and the Ministry of Education it was an honor and we thank you for choosing us for the prestigious Course of Entrepreneurs for the benefit of teachers and students nationwide.

Lic. Nayla Valdespino

Analista de Cooperación Internacional, Comisión Nacional UNESCO, Ministry of Education in Panana

“Engaging, encouraging, and simply unforgettable! The Academy of Entrepreneurs’ sessions with our community is always full of practical information that can easily be emulated by our partner social enterprises, as AE delivers it with full positivity and enthusiasm. Thank you!”

Samantha Chico

United Nations via the Phildev Foundation

I recognised that I need to make my business as efficient as possible, so I wanted to learn about all the aspects of being an entrepreneur. Academy of Entrepreneurs have opened doors for me to network and have grown my business much quicker than I would have otherwise done.

Sophia Tremenheere

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It was an honor and a privilege to have Paula Mills as our ISIP Visiting Professor at the Technological Institute of the Philippines.  Her experience, as well as her passion and enthusiasm for social entrepreneurship and creating impact, were impressive and contagious.  Her lessons and insights on Social Entrepreneurship, Technopreneurship, Partnerships and Community, and Mentor Management were incredible and valuable. Thank you so much for generously sharing your time and expertise with us.

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I found that networking and surrounding yourself with fellow soon to be entrepreneurs is a key element of the entrepreneurial journey, and AE delivers on this. A great community is formed, offering constant support and ongoing motivation!

This business that I have started would not have been the same without Academy of Entrepreneurs!

Felicitas Lavenas

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Francois Dujardin-Rey

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Hatim Alattar

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Academy of Entrepreneurs helped me with many things! They helped me to organise my ideas and establish a way to achieve my goals, step by step.

I also get  a lot of inspiration from entrepreneurs who speak during the Tuesday talks and also from the teachers and mentors during classes.

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