Educating Transformative Entrepreneurs at University

University of Minnesota and the Talloires Network

A growing number of universities around the world offer programmes that educate students to be entrepreneurs. This is an exciting and promising trend in light of the global youth employment crisis. Reliance on existing businesses to create jobs cannot possibly resolve this situation – a focus on business creation is essential. Institutions of higher education need to equip students to create a vast number of new enterprises and new jobs. 

What Does An Increasingly Informal World of Work Mean for Sustainable Youth Livelihoods?

Making Cents International
In September, Making Cents International convened our 11th annual Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit (GYEO Summit). Our Summit theme, “The Future of Work: Youth Economic Opportunities in a Changing World of Work” acknowledged the big global trends associated with “the future of work”, and explored how the demographic, structural, and technical impacts of these changes affect young people in developing contexts.

Setting Young People on a Path to Lifelong Success

Stanford Social Innovation Review

The access and opportunities that help many of us get ahead in life are not equally available to those living in under-resourced communities. Structural racial, ethnic, gender, and economic inequities in these communities often stand in the way of the dream of business ownership, and the independence and self-reliance that can come with being entrepreneurial.

Supporting Young Entrepreneurs: What Works? An Evidence and Learning Review from the YBI network

Youth Business International

An Evidence and Learning review from our global network, commissioned by Youth Business International and their partner EY.

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Household Matters: Revisiting the Returns to Capital among Female Micro-entrepreneurs

Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL)

Despite the prevalence of female entrepreneurs in developing countries, recent research suggests that women do not benefit from loans and grants in the same way that men do, leading to questions about the value of offering financial services to female entrepreneurs. Researchers re-examined data from previous studies in Ghana, India, and Sri Lanka to measure the impact of credit and cash grant variations on micro-enterprise profits in households where women were the only entrepreneurs and in households where other members also had a business.

2018 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

Making Cents International
Sep 25, 2018 (All day) to Sep 27, 2018 (All day)

On September 25-27, 2018 the Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit will return for its 12th annual convening in Washington, D.C. Each year, over 550 youth and economic development experts from more than 50 countries gather at the Summit to advance youth social and economic inclusion. Summit attendees expand their global network, exchange knowledge, gain exposure to emerging issues and innovative new tools, and build their technical practice through interactive, hands-on learning. 

YouthConnekt Africa Sumit

Jul 19, 2017 (All day) to Jul 21, 2017 (All day)

Over the last decades, Africa has been experiencing rapid technological and economic development creating new opportunities for millions of people all over the continent. However, with more than 226 million people aged between 15-241 , Africa has the youngest population – and the highest youth unemployment rate (60%  ) – in the world.

TRAINING: Enterprise Development Program for Youth

The Microfinance Association
Aug 28, 2017 (All day) to Sep 1, 2017 (All day)

The Microfinance Association, through its Fast Track10 program, intends to work with a number of youth and microfinance institutions in G

FELLOWSHIP: Young Water Fellowship Program 2017

Young Water Solutions

The Young Water Fellowship Program aims to empower young leaders from low and middle income countries to implement projects to tackle water, sanitation & hygiene (WASH), water pollution and water scarcity issues, by offering them an intensive training program, seed funding grants for their projects, and mentoring support by senior level experts during one year.

Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards


We are living in a world where temperatures are rising, water shortages are more frequent, food supplies are increasingly scarce and the gap between rich and poor is increasing. Populations are growing fast, making basic hygiene and sanitation even more of a challenge.

FELLOWSHIP: Anzisha Prize for African Youth Entrepreneurs

African Leadership Academy & MasterCard Foundation
Coveted fellowship to be awarded to 15 promising youth entrepreneurs