KIZ helps young people successfully master their first steps into self-employment and entrepreneurship.
Youth Business Germany (YBG) is an initiative set up by KIZ (Communication and Innovation Centre), the expert when it comes to self-employment or career change in Germany. People who decided to become self-employed, regardless their background or social status, have to overcome many obstacles and challenges. KIZ provides experts, experience, and know-how to everyone who is willing to start a business. Especially young entrepreneurs, who often suffer from a small network, little know-how, and expertise, are supported with a 12 month scholarship. Within these 12 months they learn to use the basic entrepreneurial tools, have access to the YBG network and are individually mentored by an experienced business mentor.
Founded in 1997, KIZ helps different types of target groups (women, people over 50 years old, long-term unemployed, young people) to find their way (back) into the labour market. They often encourage and support them to start their own business.
Two hearts beat in Palesa Mashinini's chest. She grew up and went to school in South Africa until 2010 when she moved to Germany to study media science. She has been living and working there ever since.View story
“If I had not joined the YBG programme, I would just continue doing what I was doing. I would not have grown. I would have never though that so much can happen in 6 months.”View story
"In my family, no one was an entrepreneur, it was always seen as good to be working for a big company, to have a safe and secure job and that’s what I had always done."View story
"Invest in yourself and your future."View story
“The most rewarding thing about being an entrepreneur is having a real impact. Solving a problem for others and making their lives a little easier is what pushes me every single day”.View story
“If I had not participated at YBG, I would still have my business, but I would have my limited view. I would have missed out on thoughts of all that is possible for the future. I would not have the wider vision, and the courage to approach improvement and growth, to dare to achieve higher.”View story
"In the beginning my PR job was quite interesting and I learned a lot but once you’ve written 25 press releases, then you know how to do it and it’s not getting any more exciting, I needed a change."View story