Tekwill Community Development Challenge

Tekwill Community Development challenge seeks to identify a local community leader or team with a bright vision and creative mind to join the Moldova ICT Excellence Center as Business Development & Community Manager. As part of the competition-based selection process candidates are asked to express their vision on a number of aspects and come up with specific ideas that will contribute to development of ICT Community and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Moldova.

Interested candidates or teams are welcome to submit their applications including:
1.       Description of the person/team members (pitch)
2.       Previous experience
3.       Presentation with a vision on the services, activities, events and programs envisioned to be developed or attracted to Moldova
4.       Business plan related to the pricing policy if any, incomes, budget required to implement main ideas, other relevant information to choose the best of the best
5.       Envisioned partnerships
Additional information:
1. Tekwill facilities
·         accommodate min. 100 seats (co-working area)
·         60 seats will be available 24/7
·         Conference space for 250 people
·         2 conference rooms for 70 people
·         5 conference/training rooms for up to 50 people
·         8 meeting rooms
·         6 private offices
·         Cabins
·         Coffee, cafeteria, etc
The design and functionality of the rooms can be downloaded here.
Please express your vision on who would the potential residents be? What types of co-working packages should be offered? How should the packages be priced? What services should the packages include? (Include a regional analysis)
2. Entrepreneurship Activities & Programs
     Participants are asked to propose an entrepreneurship development activities plan
·         The plan needs to include different event types: B2B activities, networking activities, startup events, mentorship programs, advisory & acceleration programs, entrepreneurial education programs, other.
·         Please express your opinion on the frequency of entrepreneurial events, the admission policy, and other appropriate info.
3. Promotion & Partnerships
      What partnerships should be attracted for the benefit of the startup & entrepreneurial community?
       How will the activities and programs be promoted?
Who is encouraged to participate?
Visionaries with:
Education and Experience: BA in Education related fields, IT, Development or Management. Minimum three years of similar relevant experience. Proven expertise in previous similar activities.
Language Skills: Excellent oral and written communication skills. Fluency (including reading, writing and speaking) in Romanian/Russian, basic to good level of English is required.
Computer Skills: Proficient with Microsoft Outlook (Excel, Word and Outlook).
Application process:
Submit your application by June 29th via email to executive@ict.md
Selected candidates announced by June 30th
Plan to pitch on July 11th
Why participate:
We believe we can change the entrepreneurship environment in Moldova and are looking for people who share the same ideas and thoughts, as well as those who know and can change the startup community in Moldova.  Seeking those who DARE to dream more.
What we expect:
Ideas innovativeness
Relevance to ICT
UNrealistic to Moldovan community, but doable and achievable
About Tekwill
The development of Tekwill started in September 2015 with the support of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the “Development of Moldova ICT Excellence Center” Project, implemented by the Moldovan Association of ICT Companies (ATIC). It aims to improve Moldova’s global competitiveness and its business and investment environment. Innovative, high-value technology products and businesses are essential for development of the knowledge-based economy. Science, innovation and technology are the key drivers of the sustainable growth and competitiveness.
The project will be implemented as a private-public partnership (though Global Development Alliances instrument (GDA)), between the Moldovan Government, private industry, academia and donors. The private partners include multinational companies, IBM and Microsoft, and also Moldovan Association of Private ICT Companies (ATIC) members that are local (operated) ICT companies. The private partners will bring significant new resources, ideas, software, technologies and development activities, such as trainings, practical assignments, and mentorship. The private sector partners will have the chance to use the center to communicate with the university, SMEs, startups, professionals and contribute to the curricula improvement answering the market needs, as well as the improvement of the IT and entrepreneurship ecosystem that will lead to the economic growth of the country. The Government of Moldova supports this project at the highest level of the Prime Minister, and the partners include Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Education, and E-Government Center. The space will be provided by the Technical University, as part of the Government commitment to this project. The e-Government Center will use the center as a training and capacity building resource for the public e-transformation and IT managers.
Over 1,000 beneficiaries are expected to receive relevant training per year. As a result of the project, the skills of the Moldovan work force and the ICT industry in Moldova will be improved.
The excellence center is planned to meet the following main tasks: education, networking, support, and promotion and information management. Education services will include training, consulting and mentoring services for the SMEs, entrepreneurs, academia, public IT sector representatives. The content of the activities will include technical subjects with the possibility of demonstration of the latest technologies and soft business skills such as project management, marketing, communication, leadership and other. The center will be properly equipped for on-site training facilities, as well as offer the possibility to conduct trainings off-site upon need. The beneficiaries of the center will be coming from private sector, public sector and academia.
The center will host IT specialists networking events, students meetings with IT professionals and mentors, incoming professors and trainers, business to business meetings, startups to investors meetings, and other. The center will offer co working space for IT professionals and business people, as well as offer group or individual consultations for business development, technical support and seeking investment. All of the activities will be supported by the specifically designed infrastructure, which is currently unavailable in Moldova.
One important goal of the project is to offer attractive space for the beneficiaries in the future ICT Excellence Center in the respective proposed timeframe.

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