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YBI Masterclass 2020

02.11.20 - 06.11.20
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YBI’s signature event, the YBI Masterclass, is coming to Barcelona in November 2020.

Due to uncertainty created by COVID-19, we have made the decision to postpone our Masterclass until autumn.

Featuring brilliant speakers in the field of mentoring, entrepreneurship training and impact assessment, the YBI Masterclass brings together members from our global network of experienced practitioners. This is an event to meet, learn and get inspired to further develop, grow and consolidate your youth entrepreneurship programmes. For the first time, the YBI Masterclass will be open for non-members to attend.

This year’s YBI Masterclass will focus on innovation, future skills, and impact assessment.

Over four days the event will cover:

Day 1: Skilling up for the next decade – Soft Skills for young entrepreneurs

How do we prepare the next generation of young entrepreneurs for a future shaped by uncertainty and volatility? Equipping young people with soft skills will enable them to handle new challenges and opportunities. Let’s explore how experiential learning in soft skills training and mentoring works, and how it impacts young entrepreneurs.

Day 2: Challenging the conventional – Methods for fostering innovation

Bob Dorf, Lean Innovation and Customer Development Expert, will take you on a journey through customer development and work with you on how to stay relevant and become more attractive to customers and donors by making use of your innovation mindset. This day will give you and your organisation the right tools and mindset to empower young entrepreneurs to succeed.

Day 3: Taking relationships to the next level – What’s next in mentoring?

Building strong networks is one of the future skills young entrepreneurs need to succeed. “The Personal Boardroom” is a brilliant tool developed by Zella King and Amanda Scott that changes the way people make use of their networks and find the right people to address challenges. Amanda will guide and support you to create and use your networks to help young entrepreneurs succeed.

Day 4: Prove it and shout about it – Identifying and pitching your impact

When it comes to impact measurement, having the right tools is crucial. Barbara Scheck and Giulia Parado are leading experts in this area. They will help you to clearly identify and manage the change you want to see, assess your impact and effectively communicate results - turning data into marketable assets.

On the first day, we will also recognize successful young entrepreneurs, innovative members and outstanding mentors at our annual YBI Awards.

“The most important thing (…) is how we share the same problems, and some of the same solutions to find opportunities and innovations together. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other people around the world.”
Dane Salinas, YQYP Mexico

“The speakers were good and topics relevant. It was interesting to learn what the different members do, and the ideas developed can be transferred into our context.”
YBI event participant (survey feedback)

“We are very enthusiastic to see so many participating (…) who share the same vision, goals and strategies. We have a lot of opportunity to learn from each other and develop new goals and strategies, and we can have a greater impact than just working by ourselves.”
Liana Sargsyan, Jinishian Memorial Foundation (Armenia)

“Very interesting topics, once more it is noticeable that those get-togethers guide our work and so much learning can be generated. Our purpose as an organisation is strengthened and we actively look for alliances that help us grow.”
YBI event participant (survey feedback)

 The Masterclass 2020 is supported by Youth Business Spain and Fundació La Caixa. It is sponsored by YBI’s long-standing partner, Accenture.


Speaker Name

Giulia Parola


Giulia Parola is a Research Associate at Munich Business School since October 2018, where she is responsible for impact assessment of the project “Scaling Trust-based Partnership Models to Recharge Youth Entrepreneurship”, funded by the EEA & Norway Grant Fund for Youth Unemployment. Since October 2019, Giulia is also pursuing her doctorate while teaching at the Bundeswehr University in Munich. Her research interests include issues surrounding career management, job-search, and impact measurement.

Giulia started her university studies in International Trade at the University of Turin while gathering various academic and work experiences in Italy, Germany, Spain, Morocco and India. She moved to Germany in 2014 and received a master’s degree in Life Science Economics and Policy from the Technical University of Munich.

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Amanda Scott


Amanda Scott is co-founder of Personal Boardroom and is the lead facilitator of its work. She co-authored Who is in your Personal Boardroom? in 2014 and is a regular speaker on networks. Her clients include business schools, professional networks, financial services companies, and multi-national retailers.

Her career spans advertising, being an agent for actors and a decade as an executive coach before discovering the power of networks and co-founding Personal Boardroom with Zella King. Amanda and Zella ask who is in your Personal Boardroom as this takes people right to the important question: At the heart of their network, who is really helping them succeed?

Drawing on their own insights as well as academic research on the networks of high performers, they have created a practical framework to help people identify gaps in their network, make plans to fill those gaps, and have purposeful conversations with people who can help them.

Speaker Name

Bob Dorf


Bob Dorf is one of the top Lean Innovation and Customer Development experts in the world. Together with Steve Blank, Bob published The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company, outlining every step of the lean customer development process.

In addition to teaching Lean Startup methods at Columbia University Business School, Bob has travelled to teach entrepreneurs in 51 countries and 20 US states over the last decade. He is very proud of his four years of YBI member coaching and training programmes and looks forward to meeting his “YBI family” in Barcelona at last.

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Prof. Dr. Barbara Scheck


Barbara Scheck is the Professor for Entrepreneurship at Munich Business School and co-founder of the European Center for Social Finance as well as the digital mentoring platform Volunteer Vision. Her research focuses on the financing of social enterprises, impact and mission-related investing and impact assessment. Prior to joining MBS, Barbara was assistant professor for social investment at Hamburg University.

As part of her Ph.D., Barbara has developed the Social Reporting Standard, a guide for impact-oriented reporting. She has worked with a social venture capital fund and development cooperation agencies on social entrepreneurship. In addition, she was a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Centre for Social Entrepreneurship & Philanthropy at NUS National University of Singapore and a member of the EU’s GECES subgroup on impact measurement in social enterprise as well as the Impact Measurement Working Group of the Social Impact Investment Task Force established by the G8. She serves on the board of Hylea Foods and is member of the investment committee at GLS Treuhand.

Event details

  • Start:02 Nov 20 at 10:00:am End:06 Nov 20 at 05:00:pm
  • Barcelona, Spain
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