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Second Virtual ETHOS: 5-week Online Digital Skills Training and Coaching program for ICT Entrepreneurs

February 01-March 19, 2021



The Entrepreneurial Talents' House of Opportunities and Supports (ETHOS), founded in 2015 by the World Bank and SUNY Korea, is a gender-diverse global Information and Communications, Technology (ICT) incubation program that aims to foster and empower ICT entrepreneurs in developing countries and in places challenged by fragility, conflict, and violence, by providing digital skills training. This is the third edition of the program, funded by the Korea World Bank Partnership Facility (KWPF).

To help the ICT start-ups strengthen their businesses in the COVID-19 era, the ETHOS program this year, a fourth-round since establishment, will be provided virtually in a 5-week program in 10-15 countries across the globe. A chance to attend an inbound tour in Korea, one of the leading countries in ICT-led development, will be given to the best performing start-ups.

With 40 hours of intensive online training, mentoring courses, and opportunities to network with VC & the ETHOS alumni, the cohorts will be able to boost their businesses, ensure compliance with best practices in software development, international standards, and cyber safety, while learning to market and pitch their products and services.


  • Application Submission: February 1 to March 19, 2021

    World Bank & SUNY Korea Consortium Applicant Screening/Interview: March 22 to April 9, 2021

    V-ETHOS-II 2021 Cohort Final Announcement: April 12, 2021


    Entrepreneurs, startups, and individuals across Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Georgia, Laos PDR, Cambodia, Lebanon, Morocco, Rwanda, Tunisia, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza in different stages of business maturity, particularly in ICT applicable fields, are eligible to apply. Even those in a gestation period but see opportunities to mature one’s business model may still apply. Candidates must commit to participate in the v-ETHOS program

    For more details & to apply, visit:

  • Orientation: April 19, 2021

    Knowledge Series: April 20 – 23, 2021

    Mentoring & Tech Partnership Sessions: April 26 - May 7, 2021

    Business Gallery: May 10 – 14, 2021

    Demo Day: May 17 – 21, 2021

    Inbound Tour in Korea for the Best Performing Team: December 2021



    Brochure - The 2nd ETHOS 2021 Virtual



Event Details

  • Training Dates: April 19 - May 21, 2021
  • Location: Online
  • Contact: Youngyun Lee (, Chanmi Kim (