Annex IV: 2012 Learning Events Related to Youth Economic Opportunities (Conferences, Workshops, and Courses)

USASBE 2012 Conference
January 12-15, 2012. New Orleans, LA, USA.

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship is hosting their annual conference, entitled this year as Entrepreneurship: A Source of Renewal and Growth. This academic event offers participants the opportunity to network with other professionals in the field of entrepreneurship and to learn from speakers, presentations and workshops on advances in the field. For more information, visit:

Youth Assembly at the United Nations
January 19-20, 2012. New York, NY, USA

Presented by the International Youth Council, this annual assembly gathers young working professional and features speakers from the UN, celebrities, youth leaders, corporate leaders, and civil society workers with expertise in utilizing corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship in order to promote youth leadership and the realization of the UN Millennium Development Goals. For more information, visit:

Cannexus 2012
January 23-25, 2012. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

The Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counseling (CERIC) presents the National Career Development Conference to promote the exchange of information and explore innovative approaches in the areas of career counseling and career development. This conference plenary sessions as well as over 100 workshops and training sessions discussing career coaching, youth entrepreneurship, school-to-work transition, aboriginal employment, and career trends. For more information, visit:

2012 Small Business Institute Conference
February 16-18, 2012. San Antonio, TX, USA

This conference focuses on teaching and curriculum development workshops, the student consulting project of the year competition, and research in small business and entrepreneurship issues. For more information, visit:

National Entrepreneurship Week: “Entrepreneurship Empower Everyone”
February 18-25, 2012. Nationwide- USA

National Entrepreneurship Week is a celebration of the heritage of entrepreneurship in America and of new opportunities for a new generation. For more information, visit:

A Festival of Entrepreneurship
March 9-16, 2012. Liverpool, UK

Join over 5,000 other people who think just like you do, from 118 countries, at the world’s first global Festival of Entrepreneurship. For more information, visit:

ChildFinance Week and Day
March 15 – 22, 2012. Global

Child & Youth Finance International invite organizations around the world to organize events and other initiatives to take place during ChildFinance Week and ChildFinance Day (March 16, 2012). For more information, please visit:

Investing in African Youth: Making Financial Services and Training Work
May 21 – 22, 2012. Dakar, Senegal

Plan International is organizing this two-day forum to analyze some of their Village Savings & Loan Association (VSLA) for youth program’s early results. This program has been operating in Niger, Senegal and Sierra Leone since 2010. It is a financial services “plus” program, which in addition to providing opportunities for saving and borrowing through the VSLAs, the youth also receive training on financial education and life skills, with gender equality as a focal point. Plan will be listening to other practitioners who are engaged in youth and microfinance initiatives, looking at some of the unique challenges of working with this demographic, and also inviting youth representatives to tell their own stories. For more information, contact Bella Lam of Plan International at: [email protected].

E-Learning Africa 2012: International Conference on ICT for Development, Education, andTraining
May 23-25, 2012. Cotonou, Benin

Africa’s largest annual assembly of e-Learning and education professionals gathers a worldwide network of leaders involved in all aspects of technology-enhanced education and training in Africa, including management and policymaking. For more information, visit:

101th Session of the International Labour Conference
June, 2012. Geneva, Switzerland

This meeting of the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) key stakeholders will address the youth employment crisis as one of the main focus areas. To support and strengthen the consultation processes leading to the meeting, the ILO will be organizing a series of national consultations in 50 countries during the month of March, 2012 and a Global Youth Employment Forum from May 23-25, 2012 in Geneva. For more information on the meeting, please visit:

Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
June 6-9, 2012. Fort Worth, TX, USA

This conference aims to provide a venue where academics and real-world practitioners link theory and practice on entrepreneurship. A Doctoral Consortium is held in conjunction with the Conference in order to unite future entrepreneurship educators and scholars with established leaders and researchers in the field. The top 40 papers presented each year at the conference are compiled and featured in Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research. For more information, visit:

Annual International Conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship IE 2012
July 23-24, 2012. Singapore

This Conference aims to explore policies, measures and mechanisms for promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in various areas. A book will be collated and published with the top 25-50% accepted papers of the conference which will be available to the public thru major online booksellers. Eligible research articles will be invited for publication in the International Journal on GSTF Business Review. For more information, visit:

International Day of Youth
August 12, 2012. Global

The UN General Assembly on 17 December 1999 in its resolution 54/120, endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth that August 12 be declared International Youth Day. This day is leveraged to rally support among key actors (including governments, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, businesses, and young people) to focus on what has been done to further the World Program of Action for Youth. For more information, visit

2012 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Conference
September 11-13, 2012. Washington, D.C., USA

Making Cents International organizes this annual demand-driven and participatory learning event for practitioners, educators, members of the private sector, funders, policymakers, youth entrepreneurs, and other key stakeholders who develop, implement, monitor, evaluate, and/or fund programs in the field of Youth Economic Opportunities. For more information, visit or contact Whitney Harrelson at [email protected]; +1 202-783-4090.

The NACCE 10th Annual Conference
October 7-10, 2012. Chicago, IL, USA

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship is a membership organization aimed being a hub for the dissemination and integration of knowledge and successful practices regarding entrepreneurship education and student business incubation. NACCE helps community colleges nationwide link their traditional role of workforce development with entrepreneurial development. For more information:

2012 SEEP Annual Conference
November 5-9, 2012. Arlington, VA, USA

The SEEP Annual Conference is the premier event for microenterprise development practitioners to discuss challenges they face, connect and share best practices, and identify opportunities to successfully advance the industry. For more information, visit:

National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge
Fall 2012. USA

Each fall, the winners of NFTE’s regional business plan competitions are invited to participate in the Network for national competition. The presentations made by the finalists are great tools to use in your classrooms as a model for your students as they prepare for classroom competitions. For more information, visit:

2012 Global Microcredit Summit

This Annual Event brings together microfinance stakeholders to promote best practices in the field, and to stimulate the interchanging of knowledge. For more information, visit

International Labour Organization’s Youth Employment Forum
Geneva, Switzerland

The International Labour Organization will be organizing a forums on youth employment in Geneva, Switzerland and in various regions during 2012.

Annual National Entrepreneurship Education Forum

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Social Enterprise Alliance 2012 Summit

This is an international forum advocating for increased social impact through social enterprise. Join other social entrepreneurs to learn, grow, be inspired, make new connections from around the globe and become part of this expanding movement. For more information, visit for more information.

The European Employment Forum

Employment stakeholders around Europe and beyond will gather to exchange views and hear what European officials, notable public figures, trade unions, NGOs, business leaders, and other experts are saying about today’s employment trends, challenges, and opportunities in the EU, including those specifically related to youth. For more information, visit:

Youth Venture Summit: A Global Community of Young Changemakers

The annual Youth Venture Summit brings together more than 100 young leaders from all over the world who are interested in creating change, as well as the adult allies and professionals who support youth as agents of change. At the summit, attendees participate in skill-building workshops, engage in meaningful dialogue to share experiences and perspectives, and network with each other to identify common areas of interest and ways to collaborate.