WHAT WE DO

We support undeserved young entrepreneurs (19 – 35 years) to start, grow and sustain their businesses – enabling them to create jobs, build communities and transform lives. Regardless of where we work, our focus is on young people of color with a viable business idea but without access to the support structures they need to set up and run businesses.

Young people are critical to future economic development. However, with 66 million young people currently unemployed across the world, this potential is not being realized. Furthermore, of those that are working, many do not earn enough to lift themselves out of poverty.

Addressing the youth employment crisis is imperative, not only for the well-being of young people but also to ensure sustainable, 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 equipped with entrepreneurship skills are better able to navigate the challenges of today’s rapidly changing job market.

We have supported numbers of young Afro Americans to start or grow a business by delivering a range of entrepreneurship support services, from training and mentoring to access to finance and other business development services. ….

Learn

Building impactful organisations

Our members have diverse expertise across the full range of youth entrepreneurship support services. We deliver training and other capacity development support, facilitate member learning exchanges and connect members to partners with relevant expertise.

Innovate

Developing new products and services

By convening the collective expertise of the network, we can identify gaps in support for young entrepreneurs, not just in one market but around the world. Using this insight, we work with members across the world to develop new solutions.

Influence

Generating and leveraging evidence

As a global network we are well positioned to address the lack of robust evidence on youth entrepreneurship. We work with members to undertake research on priority themes and use the learnings to drive change in policy and practice.

Consult With Us

We are always looking to work with the best and brightest minds around.

OUR STRATEGY

Our vision is that youth entrepreneurship is recognized for driving sustainable economic development around the world, creating jobs and strengthening communities.

Our global strategy is deliberately ambitious in response to the unacceptably high rate of global youth unemployment. Young people equipped with entrepreneurship skills are better able to navigate the challenges of today’s rapidly changing job market.

Our stretch goal: will help millions of young entrepreneurs start, strengthen and grow sustainable businesses.

To achieve this, we will focus on four strategic pillars:

Innovation and Growth – We will scale our impact through network expansion, excellence and innovation in delivery, unlocking resources and supporting our members to scale Developing Member Capacity – We will continue to help members to develop and evolve their capacity to enable more young people to access the support they need to start, grow and sustain their business Evidence and Learning – We will collectively learn and improve our knowledge, research and evidence regarding what works in youth entrepreneurship Network Quality and Sustainability – We will ensure our sustainability and effectiveness through a membership of strong, locally rooted organisations served by a talented network team in the United States

Partnering with us offers you the opportunity to:

Create impact

Work with us to co-develop programmes in line with your organisational priorities and values that support young entrepreneurs locally, regionally and globally.

Promote employee engagement

Our members have diverse expertise across the full range of youth entrepreneurship support services. We deliver training and other capacity development support, facilitate member learning exchanges and connect members to partners with relevant expertise.

Access data from diverse contexts

Our members have diverse expertise across the full range of youth entrepreneurship support services. We deliver training and other capacity development support, facilitate member learning exchanges and connect members to partners with relevant expertise.

Engage with like minds

Our members have diverse expertise across the full range of youth entrepreneurship support services. We deliver training and other capacity development support, facilitate member learning exchanges and connect members to partners with relevant expertise.