In November 2022, we launched our global Community of Practice (CoP) and High Flyers programme, funded by Argidius Foundation, to support underserved ‘high flying’ young entrepreneurs in 8 countries across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America to grow and scale their businesses. YBI defines High Flyers as young entrepreneurs aged 18 to 35 who have been running a business for approximately two years and are looking to grow. The programme has a particular focus on supporting underserved High Flyers, including women, migrant and rural entrepreneurs.
High Flyers have enormous potential to become engines of job creation and transform their local communities. But many face barriers that prevent them from growing and scaling their business. YBI’s global Community of Practice leverages the expertise and experience of 10 YBI members and delivery partners from 8 countries around the world to design and deliver effective support programmes that empower High Flyers to grow and scale their businesses, increase their revenue, and create new jobs.
The programme has two key components:
Following the first cohort of High Flyers programmes, YBI will track the progress of participating High Flyers over two years to evaluate the impact of the support and identify additional barriers and support needs. Based on these insights, the Community of Practice will revise its best practices and recommendations and YBI will roll these out to the wider YBI network with the aim to support over 18,000 High Flyers and create over 900 new jobs around the world.
Community of Practice members and delivery partners: