The Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust (BYST), a non-profit organisation, was set up in 1992 primarily to help disadvantaged young people in India to develop business ideas into viable enterprises with the guidance and support of a mentor. For over 20 years BYST has helped young people in Delhi, Rural Haryana, Chennai, Rural Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad, Rural Maharashtra and Assam.
BYST is targeting a more accelerated growth rate, benchmarking itself against number of jobs generated as well as number of ventures created. Therefore, BYST has envisaged scaling-up number of entrepreneurs supported from 2,500 to 100,000, thereby creating half-a-million jobs in the near future, through a holistic cycle of support comprising Awareness Generation & Counselling, Entrepreneurial Skill Training and Certification & setting up enterprises & creating jobs.
BYST is a longstanding member of the YBI network and has valued from this partnership through capacity development and learning exchanges with other members. In 2018, it worked with YBI on the development of a webinar-based member training programme thus reaching out to new YBI members in Asia to support them in setting up their programmes and also offering interim training.
“As I had earned the trust of clients and workers over time, I had the confidence to consider starting my own business. But I did not have the capital to do so. Without collateral or security, banks refused to even look at my proposals.”View story
"Entrepreneurship brought great changes to my life. It has changed my social status and brought more financial stability for me and my family. I only hope that my entrepreneurial journey will change other people’s lives too."View story