Turning job seekers into job creators.

Youth Business International helps young people to start and grow their own business and create employment. We are a global network of independent non-profit initiatives operating in over 45 countries across 5 continents.

In 2016 YBI’s members provided 57,188 young people with practical skills based training, and 25,588 entrepreneurs were supported in starting or growing their business.

YBI members assist under-served young entrepreneurs with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring and other business development services.

Our staff are local people who understand the unique challenges of providing tailored enterprise support in their communities.

Our members vary in size and scale depending on the community they serve.

What unites our members is the integrated package of YBI support they provide to young entrepreneurs around the world.

Volunteer mentors are crucial to the YBI approach. YBI members pair young entrepreneurs with a mentor with a complementary set of skills to help them grow their business. In many cases these relationships can last one year or more. All YBI mentors are dedicated volunteers from the local community who themselves understand the unique challenges of starting a business.

Most importantly, we represent a community of tens of thousands of young entrepreneurs, who are united by the desire to start a business and create sustainable growth in their communities.

YBI network helps turn job seekers into job creators.


YBI is independent of any religious affiliation or political ideology.


We have years of experience understanding what works in youth entrepreneurship.

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© Youth Business International 2017. In the UK Youth Business International is a registered charity no: 1123946. Tel +44 (0)20 3326 2060.