The Tanzania Entrepreneurship and Competitiveness Centre (TECC) is an established Trust Body and successor of the Business Development Gateway (BDG) and Cluster Competitiveness Projects implemented from 2008 to 2013 as part of the Private Sector Competitiveness Programme (PSCP). Carrying over its successful model and methodology, TECC serves as a public-private-academia partnership between the National Economic Empowerment Council, Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), and the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) and is charged with promoting entrepreneurial innovation and competitiveness as the centre
of excellence in Tanzania.
TECC was established to fill the gaps that exist between innovative ideas and the development of successful competitive enterprises. The overall goal of TECC is to contribute to the reduction of income poverty among micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Tanzania. More specifically, TECC’s role is to build competencies for the competitiveness of entrepreneurs and businesses, and leverage resources and skills aimed to promote an entrepreneurship culture among micro to small business enterprises, thereby enhancing private sector development and growth in Tanzania. To-date TECC has delivered the following projects successfully:
- In (2015-2016) TECC partnered with the Youth Business International (YBI), NEEC, TCCIA and SIDO to deliver a pilot project on Kijana Jiajiri aimed to expand and enhance support for under-served young Tanzanian entrepreneurs aged 18-35 to start businesses, fulfil themselves, and create jobs and stronger
communities. Through the pilot project, TECC attained full accreditation in the YBI Global Network.
- TECC is currently partnering with International Youth Foundations (IYF) to implement an entrepreneurship programme for youth aged between 18 and 24 years old, implemented in Dar es Salaam, Mtwara, Pwani and Dodoma. The target is to support 1,250 youth by August 2020.
- In 2017, TECC trained 315 women entrepreneurs in Dar es Salaam, Morogoro, Mwanza, Arusha, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar with the support of KCB bank (T) Ltd.
- TECC carries an annual survey on business leaders’ perceptions regarding the business and investment climate with support of the BEST Dialogue programme
- TECC is willing to share best practices on youth entrepreneurship with other organizations as we did with the YAPI (Mozambique)
- TECC has the capability to help other institutions to design and deliver mentoring programmes as we did with the DLI project housed at COSTECH
- In line with empowerment objectives underlying its policy foundations, TECC is actively involved in preparations of National Inclusive Entrepreneurship Strategy, National Entrepreneurship Committee, National BDS Provision Framework, and other relevant meetings and workshops.
- TECC continues to offer advisory services for individuals visiting the office on areas of marketing, financing and effective business start-up
- TECC offers guidance and support