CMI Emprende (CMI entreprenueurship) is one of CMI’s social action initiatives. It promotes entrepreneurship and helps people start their own business.
Corporación Multi Inversiones (CMI) is a multi-Latin company of Central American origin that generates investment, employment and development in 16 countries, with a history of more than 100 years. CMI emerged from the dream of a great visionary, Juan Bautista Gutiérrez, who in 1920 began his dream of entrepreneurship by founding a small family store in San Cristóbal, Totonicapán, Guatemala.
The Corporation has undertaken projects that contribute towards sustainable development through different initiatives. Among them is CMI Emprende, which promotes entrepreneurship and economic formality in projects that form and enhance opportunities for entrepreneurs. Among its most outstanding projects are La Casa de Pollo Rey, Mer-K-dito Exprés, El Rincón del Pollo and Cedecap.
La Casa de Pollo Rey is a business model that allows entrepreneurs to be allies of the brand through the exclusive sale of Pollo Rey and Toledo products. Cedecap is a training center for Molinos Modernos that provides the tools and knowledge for entrepreneurs to develop their business in the use of wheat and corn flour.
“Through CMI Emprende we wish and hope to support more people looking to own their own business. We know that starting a business is not easy. It takes sacrifice and time to be successful in the long run. Our grandfather (Juan Bautista Gutiérrez) was a born entrepreneur who, through his example, always made us “push on forward”, said Juan Luis Bosch, Chairman and President of CMI Capital.
Through the CMI Emprende initiative, the corporation has supported more than 120 thousand people through its various entrepreneurship projects focused on promoting entrepreneurship and economic formality, enhancing opportunities to grow together.
As part of its commitment to create sustainable development impact to generate opportunities and employment, CMI launched the Entrepreneurship Program under the CMI Emprende initiative.
“Entrepreneurship is in our DNA, in the DNA of all of us who make up the CMI family. That’s why, in order to encourage, transmit and live it, we consider it essential to support the training of people through programs that promote entrepreneurship”. – Juan José Gutiérrez, Chairman and President of CMI Alimentos.
The program seeks to train entrepreneurs to provide them with all the necessary tools to start their own business successfully. In March, a call was launched for candidates to apply to one of the 50 scholarships to become certified in the Entrepreneurship Program. This program is promoted by “laUcmi” (CMI’s Corporate University) in alliance with Babson College in the United States, one of the most recognized educational institutions for its expertise in entrepreneurship.
“Investing, generating employment and providing entrepreneurial skills will achieve high-impact sustainable development. After the pandemic, we are entering the era of entrepreneurship and that is a business we want to be in: supporting entrepreneurs,” said Gutiérrez during the presentation of the Entrepreneurship Program.
Gutiérrez added that generating opportunities and support for the development of entrepreneurship is for people to achieve the dream of creating their own business. “This is the secret formula to develop our countries, reduce the informal economy, immigration, poverty, malnutrition and all those problems and sequels that generate the syndrome of lack of opportunities,” he said.
The Entrepreneurship Program will be facilitated by CMI executives who have trained for 6 months to put this partnership into action. Classes will be taught online, and will also include live sessions and entrepreneurship conferences with renowned personalities.
The duration of the program will be 6 months, after which students will receive a certificate and have the skills that they need to start their own business.