GEW 2016 is sponsored by local partners supporting Myanmars Enterpreneurial Ecosystem
Win Ko Ko
13 Nov 2016

GEW 2016 is hosted by Building Markets and funded by USAID, providing a grant for the initial phase of establishing the Global Entrepreneurship Network in Myanmar.


GEW 2016 will advance talks on entrepreneurship in agriculture with GEW exclusive Diamond Sponsor, Myanma Awba Group. Myanma Awba Group is the leading group of companies in Myanmar focused on agriculture. The Group leverages the world's best agricultural technologies and provides customized services to develop the most suitable farming solutions to produce food in greater quantity and of better quality.

As a guiding principle, the group believes that harnessing the potential of smallholder agriculture is one of the strongest drivers in transforming rural communities and acceleration economic and social improvement in Myanmar. Adopting a broad approach to agribusiness, Myanma Awba Group seeks to boost the non-farm rural economy by encouraging and directly supporting rural entrepreneurship to diversify our growers' livelihoods.

Awba works in partnership with a number of globally-respected organizations and welcome further collaboration opportunities across the private, government, start-up or NGO sectors.

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GEW 2016, the Coca Cola Company has proudly produced beverages locally in Myanmar since June 2013. Over the past three years, Coca-Cola has made substantial investments in its local operations with more than $130 million invested to date. Coca-Cola prioritizes the development of its employees with comprehensive capability building programs, providing 60,000 hours of training in 2015. In the community, Coca-Cola is partnering with the NGO Pact in Myanmar on the women’s empowerment initiative ‘Swan Yi,’ which has reached more than 31,000 women in Myanmar through capacity building and entrepreneurship training. Coca-Cola also supports Water Access, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) programs that impact more than 13,000 people in Hmawbi Township near its bottling facility.

German Agency for International Development (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit Gesellschaft, GIZ) is a long-term partner supporting GEW in Myanmar. GIZ's focus is to foster the private sector development in rural areas of Myanmar, with current projects for strengthening mango value chain, tea clusters and women overall empowerment.


Silver sponsor for GEW 2016 Food Fair - Yangon Food Tours (YFT) is a social business that takes in-bound tourists and expats on an exciting alternative to explore local food in Yangon City. YFT takes tourists and expats to places so they can eat like a local! The tours include a Street Snack tour that is becoming the most popular, and breakfast, lunch and dinner tours as well as a Social Business Food Tour. YFT offers cooking classes for anyone interested in learning how to cook like a local. Why is YFT a social business? They aim to reduce poverty and help victims of human trafficking through job creation and education by supporting Micro Empire through 10% of the profits.

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