Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State under the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and in partnership with Bethlehem University (BU), Building Entrepreneurship Excellence And Developing Economic Enterprises (BEEADEE) is a three-year project with the goal to foster sustainable growth by enhancing the entrepreneurial environment in the West Bank. The program specifically targets Bethlehem/East Jerusalem and the southern region of the West Bank to facilitate linkages and increase access for entrepreneurs across a broad constituency, with special attention to women and youth. The key focus area is incubator development with a supporting network and programs in Bethlehem, and additional work toward necessity-based entrepreneur development, outreach, education, and network building, with an emphasis on women and youth (age 15-28).
With the support of qualified BU and Indiana University (IU) Kelley School of Business (KSB) faculty, the first phase of BEEADEE is to establish entrepreneurship programs to support vital entrepreneurial types and sectors, including necessity-based entrepreneurs (NBEs); micro, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs); higher potential non-information and communications technology (ICT) start-ups, and youth to increase the number of active businesspersons with a cross-cutting focus on women and youth. The second phase of the project is targeted to increase access to start-up resources and training to facilitate the development of entrepreneurs in key demographics.