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YBI launches report on 'Models for scaling the impact of youth entrepreneurship programmes'

We are pleased to announce the publication of our second Insights for Success report, focused on Models for scaling the impact of youth entrepreneurship programmes.

Commissioned by Youth Business International (YBI) in 2018, the report reviews experiences and success factors in scaling entrepreneurship programmes within and outside of the YBI network, and provides case studies of models for replication together with a scaling framework. 

This publication has been supported by Citi Foundation as part of a grant to YBI and its Brazilian member, Aliança Empreendedora, under its Pathways to Progress initiative, and by the IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the IDB group, through its partnership with YBI on the Youth Entrepreneurship Program (YEP) for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Featuring a range of different scaling models and strategies, the report provides valuable insights for organisations wishing to scale their impact. It highlights success factors, challenges and lessons learned from organisations that have taken their work to scale in a variety of contexts, from global entrepreneurship network Impact Hub and international NGO partnerships in Sub-Saharan Africa and India, to YBI member organisations in Latin America, the USA and the Netherlands. A ten-step scaling framework is included, with questions and considerations to help organisations embark on a scaling strategy.

The report provides a set of recommendations covering key approaches to scale, including:

  • Building strategic alliances
  • Harnessing digital solutions
  • Diversifying business models
  • Promoting innovation and impact

This is the second in YBI’s series of research studies, Insights for Success, which aims to gather evidence on priority themes in order to inform the work of the YBI network and share this learning with others supporting young entrepreneurs around the world.

Gathering evidence and knowledge from YBI member organisations globally, the young entrepreneurs they work with, and other relevant sources, the reports provide learning and recommendations to improve the programmatic and organisational effectiveness of the youth entrepreneurship sector. 

We hope this piece of work will be a valuable contribution to global learning on this topic and will help shape more impactful scaling models so that in future even greater numbers of underserved young people can successfully develop themselves and their businesses. 

Read our report on Models for scaling the impact of youth entrepreneurship programmes.

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