Training program

UNED launches free training program for Guanacaste companies

This también publication is available in: Español

Translator: Arianna Hernandez

The Distance State University (UNED- Universidad Estatal a Distancia) has opened registration for “Emprende Guanacaste”, a training program aimed at strengthening human and commercial skills of entrepreneurs in Guanacaste.

“There are people who have great products but do it informally and don’t have a name for their business,” commented project coordinator Joyce Estupinian. “We therefore work from the presentation of the product to the formalization [the business]how to calculate costs and improve skills such as communication. »

The program is free. Interested persons should complete a form which will be decisive in the choice of participants.

The form will be available until February 13, 2022 on the Facebook page of each UNED campus in Guanacaste: Canas, Tilaran, Liberia, LaCruz, santa cruz and Nicoya.

The institution will select 30 participants for each campus. It is not necessary to be domiciled in the canton of the campus to register. For example, an entrepreneur from Hojancha may opt for a place on the Nicoya campus.

Training and advice

For those selected, classes will take place twice a week virtually through Zoom. There are two modules, each lasting four months.

  1. How do I start my business? (from March to June 2022).
  2. Management for business people (from August to November 2022).

UNED will return its computer labs and Internet access available for selected people who need it to access the courses.

While participating in the program, people will also have the opportunity to participate in fairs, symposia, training and conferences.

In addition to being an academic program, we try to implement and connect those who participate with other agencies such as local governments and the National Development Institute (INDER for the Spanish acronym), Estupinian stressed. .

Once they have completed both modules, they will receive a certificate of achievement which is essential to gain access to projects from other institutions such as INDER and the National Institute for Women (INAMU for the Spanish acronym.

The participants will also have the opportunity to receive advice, even after completing the modules, in 2023.


  • Program: Emprene Guanacaste
  • Requirements to participate: Develop a product, offer a service, have a defined and permanent commercial activity or a viable idea to develop and live in Guanacaste.
  • Who can’t participate? Those who do catalog sales, multi-level businesses, or product reselling
  • How to compete for a place? Complete the form corresponding to your campus: Canas, Tilaran, Liberia, LaCruz, santa cruz and Nicoya.
  • Duration: There are two modules of four months each (March-June and August-November).
  • Contact person: Joyce Estupinian, [email protected] Where [email protected]