Initiatives

We connect and support expert organisations, partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions to the critical challenges facing underserved young entrepreneurs.

Hackathon for displaced Ukrainian entrepreneurs in Poland Programme Overview  Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine in February 2022, millions of Ukrainians have fled to Poland for a chance to live in peace and safety. However, many are left without jobs and financial stability in a new country. The entrepreneurship ecosystem in Poland is dynamic and thriving and ready to give […]
2015 – 2020: Youth Business Europe Youth Business Europe In 2015, Youth Business International and Citi Foundation launched Youth Business Europe, a five-year regional programme to support young people to start, grow and sustain their business. Through this partnership, we worked with the Citi Foundation to tackle youth unemployment and drive sustainable economic growth across Europe. Programme overview The programme was designed to increase […]
2013 – 2019: Youth Entrepreneurship Programme in Latin America and the Caribbean Supporting over 60,000 young people The programme worked over six years (2013 – 2019) supporting disadvantaged young entrepreneurs, creating new jobs and shaping the local economy. In the process, YEP built a vibrant regional network which is well-positioned to reach and support many more youth in years 
2018 – 2021: High Flyers Youth Entrepreneurship Programme YBI’s regional programme aimed at helping underserved young people in Uganda to scale sustainable businesses, creating jobs and strengthening local communities.
2017 – 2020: M-UP: The Network for Migrant Entrepreneurs to Scale Up and Grow In 2017, Youth Business International (YBI), supported by the European Union’s COSME programme, co-founded the M-UP programme. The three-year project brought together key players in the field of migrant entrepreneurship support to share best practices, deliver new solutions and better support migrants to scale their businesses and become successful entrepreneurs. Programme overview YBI is a […]
2019 – 2022: Accelerating Youth-led Businesses in the Digital Era Accelerating Youth-led Businesses in the Digital Era In 2019, Youth Business International (YBI)  launched a regional programme funded by IKEA Foundation to equip young people in India and Bangladesh with the entrepreneurship skills they need to build and sustain thriving businesses, create jobs and boost local economies. Over three years, the programme has: Programme overview Millions of […]
2020-2022: COVID-19 Rapid Response and Recovery Programme supported by Google.org YBI’s emergency response programme to support micro, small and medium businesses in 32 countries across Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia-Pacific through the COVID-19 crisis.
2021 – 2022: SOS Mentoring to save youth-run businesses in the face of COVID-19 YBI’s volunteer engagement programme with the Enel Group to support struggling youth-led small businesses in Chile, Colombia, Greece, Italy, Peru, and Spain through one-to-one mentoring.
2022 – 2024: Tackling economic inequality with Standard Chartered Foundation YBI’s emergency support programme to support young entrepreneurs in eight countries across Africa, Asia and Europe through the COVID-19 crisis.
Focus on social entrepreneurship in Korea with Google.org YBI’s programme supported by Google.org providing access to entrepreneurial resources and content, training and support to 20,000 underserved social enterprises and SMEs in Korea
Supporting displaced Ukrainians in Poland YBI and Youth Business Poland’s emergency support programme to support displaced Ukrainians in Poland as part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered
Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs in Canada Supporting indigenous young entrepreneurs in Canada Indigenous youth are one of the largest demographic youth segments in Canada and an integral part of the nation’s economic development and growth, but disproportionally face systemic socio-economic barriers to success when seeking to start and grow a business. YBI is working with its member in Canada Futurpreneur, in collaboration […]
High Flyers Community of Practice Our global Community of Practice (CoP) and High Flyers programme, funded by Argidius Foundation, to support underserved ‘high flying’ young entrepreneurs in 8 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America to grow and scale their businesses.
Revolving Fund in Kenya with Standard Chartered Foundation YBI and Somo launch an innovative revolving loan fund for female entrepreneurs, supported by Standard Chartered Foundation
Seeking Economic Empowerment and Resilience for Refugees and Migrants This initiative supported by Accenture provides vital assistance to young migrants and refugees (aged between 18-35 years old) in Germany, Ireland, Italy and Sweden. The programme, is delivered in partnership with four members of the YBI Network (KIZ, Germany; ICE, Ireland; MicroLab, Italy; and NyföretagarCentrum, Sweden), and supports young people to access employment and entrepreneurship opportunities.  Running for 12 months, over 1,500 […]
Driving responsible and sustainable businesses led by underserved entrepreneurs Our programme supported by JPMorgan Chase to support underserved and young entrepreneurs in Germany, France, South Africa, Spain, and the UK to build more sustainable and environmentally conscious businesses.

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Accenture

Accenture

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells

Standard Chartered Foundation

Standard Chartered Foundation

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)