Youth Business International (YBI) supports young entrepreneurs (18 – 35 years) to start, grow and sustain their businesses – enabling them to create jobs, build communities and transform lives. YBI offers entrepreneurship training, mentoring, access to finance and other business development support.
YBI connects and supports expert organizations (our members), partners and young people to develop and scale new solutions to the critical challenges facing underserved young entrepreneurs. As a result, our members deliver better quality support to more young people through sector-leading solutions and products.
YBI members around the world provide young entrepreneurs with an integrated package of financial and non-financial support to help them start and grow sustainable businesses.
Entrepreneurship training, YBI members work with young entrepreneurs to ensure they have all the technical support they need in order to thrive.
Mentoring, YBI’s commitment to mentoring sees young entrepreneurs paired with an experienced volunteer business mentor to guide them through the challenging early stages of establishing a business.
Access to finance, YBI members provide young entrepreneurs with an interest-free/low interest loan to cover the expenses of starting or growing their business.
Other business development support, from specific training in business practice to basic assistance with things like bookkeeping and financial management.
The vision of YBI is that youth entrepreneurship is recognised for driving sustainable economic development around the world, creating jobs and strengthening communities. The goal is: between 2017 and 2025 YBI will help 1 million young entrepreneurs start, strengthen and grow sustainable businesses.