What do we do?
We support young, underserved entrepreneurs (ages 18 to 35) to start, grow and maintain their businesses, enabling them to create jobs, build communities and transform lives.
Regardless of where we work, our focus is on young people with a viable business idea but no access to the support structures they need to establish and manage businesses.
Young people are fundamental to economic development future. However, with 66 million young people currently unemployed around the world, this potential is not being exploited. In addition, many are not earning enough to break out of poverty.
It is imperative to address the youth employment crisis, not only for the well-being of young people, but also to ensure sustainable and inclusive growth and social cohesion globally. Empowering young people to succeed in running their own businesses is part of the solution. Young entrepreneurs create new jobs and shape local economies. Young people with entrepreneurial skills are better able to meet the challenges of today’s rapidly changing labour market.
Since 2014, we have supported 123,114 young people to start or grow a business by providing a variety of entrepreneurship support services, from training and mentoring to access to finance and other business development services.
17. Partnerships to achieve the Goal, 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth