Supporting Spaces for Youth Entrepreneurship: Are We Sustaining or Undercutting the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem?

Susana Arroyo, Rediet Abiy, Souhila el Baqqali
HIVOS, Aflatoun International, SOS Children's Villages, The Netherlands
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Oct 4, 2019


Hubs, co-working and Maker Spaces are becoming the place to support young people in entrepreneurship. They are often locally owned, privately owned social enterprises and are increasingly used to support business development services as well as creating access to civic space and economic opportunities for youth.

This increased focus has also brought new money potentially disrupting the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The panel addresses three challenging questions key questions. First, whether INGO's starting hubs kick-starts or undercut the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem. Second, it looks at the challenges and opportunities of working with various supply chain actors in rural areas to create spaces for youth livelihoods.

Finally it looks at whether bottom up approaches to creating sustainable spaces can work thrive as new funders come in with money and resources. Using a 20-question approach, we aim to explore questions of sustainability and efficacy in these emerging youth entrepreneurship spaces.

Workforce Development
Community Development
Financial Capability
Market Development
Scaling Up