Incubators and accelerators have become a crucial part of the global start-up ecosystem. These are places where budding entrepreneurs can build businesses alongside their peers, helped by experienced mentors and free resources.
In Honduras, the Coffee vs Gangs programme is much like this traditional incubator model, offering young people access to agricultural engineers, business experts and teachers across a wide spectrum of subjects to help them learn how to start and run their own coffee farms.
The benefits of working within an incubator model are manifold. As 24-year-old Maria explains: “Not only do you learn from the teachers, you learn from the projects being developed by each individual.”