What is the Innovation Challenge?

To stay relevant and thrive in the entrepreneurship space, YBI members need to constantly innovate their services and tools used to help members adapt to their own changing needs, challenges and aspirations. The Innovation Challenge, supported by Accenture, seeks to encourage and reward network innovations, especially those with the potential to be used successfully by many members across the network. At the same time, the challenge reminds us what it takes to be a bold, disruptive entrepreneur, how hard it is, and how rewarding success can be!

Meet The Finalists

We are pleased to present the six finalists of the second YBI Innovation Challenge. This year, we are particularly interested in digital products and services that benefit young entrepreneurs directly or indirectly and have the potential to scale and benefit other YBI members.

Digital A-CAT for Improved Lending to Young Agripreneurs

ICCO Uganda

Helping young agripreneurs better prepare their business plans and loan applications for microlending and other financial support.

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EigenBaas Educational Program for the Caribbean


A proven training program blending classroom, workbook, and online learning plus specially-trained teachers to help student entrepreneurs.

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Smart MentorVIRTUAL

mentorDay (Youth Business Spain)

Chatbot mentor with artificial intelligence for realtime, precise answers for entrepreneurs’ questions. Finds mentors to answer any questions it doesn’t know.

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Enterprise Ecomap

FATE Foundation

An online country map with a digital "country map" interface that helps entrepreneurs find resources and mentors outside of big cities like Lagos.

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Yo Quiero Yo Puedo

Shopping center kiosks and/or retail stores selling products from multiple startups, coupled with mentoring to strengthen products, quality, and revenue potential.

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Fundación Paraguaya

3-stage program providing mentors and training courses/materials for writing business plans, growing sales via events and social media, scaling/growing business.

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