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In May, Youth Business International welcomed new member GroundZero from Uzbekistan.

GroundZero is a social enterprise providing a fully equipped workplace for start-ups and entrepreneurs; it also offers opportunities for networking and growth. 

Now, GroundZero is developing its services to include ongoing support to young entrepreneurs through specialised business skills training. The new partnership with YBI means that GroundZero will also be supported to build a mentoring programme to be included into that support package for the first time.

Abdulahad Kuchkarov, Director of GroundZero, said:

“We are very excited to be joining such a vibrant network and we are looking forward to receiving specialised support to help us offer mentoring to our young entrepreneurs. Since 2016, when we first opened, we have seen some truly inspiring and promising entrepreneurs use our space and we know this new service will be hugely beneficial to them.”

Uzbekistan is predicted to be one of the fastest-growing economies in the world in future decades, and the excellent work that GroundZero is doing will ensure that young people are a part of this. 

As expected, the organisation wasted no time in getting started with its new Mentoring Programme, which was aided by YBI's capacity development support. Boris Tkachenko, CEO of Youth Business Russia and The Mentoring Institute, who supports YBI in delivering our mentoring programme builds with new members, conducted the first training sessions with volunteer business mentors just a week after GroundZero joined the YBI network.

In total, 15 mentors and mentees were selected by GroundZero and trained on what to expect from their forthcoming relationships. The mentors, a group of local successful business professionals including business founders and CEOs, will help 15 local entrepreneurs to develop professional and networking skills to improve their own businesses and increase their personal confidence. 

The first meetings between the pairs have taken place at GroundZero’s co-working space and the mentoring relationships will last six months.

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