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Accenture is a long standing supporter of Youth Business International and over the last decade it has been instrumental in helping us increase the size and the impact of our network. Today, it is a multi-faceted collaboration that is helping our network increase the number of young entrepreneurs we support. YBI members are providing budding entrepreneurs with access to business mentoring, training and capital, helping to hone their business skills and build their small enterprises.
Accenture acts as an advisor and partner to YBI, providing both funding and the time and skills of their employees to guide our strategic development. In recent years, Accenture and Accenture Foundations have awarded YBI and its country members more than $11 million in both cash and pro bono services.
As part of its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative, which aims to equip 3 million people by 2020 with the skills to get a job or build a business, longstanding partner Accenture has provided valuable support to grow and strengthen YBI's global network. Over the last five years alone, we have worked together to skill some 200,000 young people.
In recent years, a key aspect of our partnership has been focused on stimulating innovation and digital approaches for both YBI members and young entrepreneurs, alongside building the capacity of members around the world in core capabilities including mentoring and training. Accenture's support has been critical during COVID 19, enabling the network to rapidly pivot to virtual delivery of crucial support for entrepreneurs, and global delivery of crisis mentoring and skills for young entrepreneurs.
"I think my business came from daydreaming in class, one day I was thinking wouldn’t it be nice to make clothes that actually fit."View story
“The most satisfying thing is when people come and have something to eat or drink at my place. To see them, to see the happiness and enjoyment is what keeps me going and gives me a lot of energy.”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
“It was during a work trip to a rural area in central Mozambique, I found managing my period was a challenge, menstrual products were not readily available and none of the public toilets cater for this need.”View story
“It is not work, it is super interesting because you don’t know what tomorrow will be. You don’t know what will be in two months. It is not important how old are you, you should try to open your own business! Have a try!”View story
An evaluation of capacity development services provided by Youth Business International's network teamView
Our research compares entrepreneurial attitudes, ambitions and activity of young people across the YBI network.View
This report summarises the key findings of a two-year longitudinal study, undertaken in partnership with Middlesex University.View
An Evidence and Learning Review from the YBI network to find out what works in youth entrepreneurship support.View
“The YBI network has been incredibly positive for the Loden Entrepreneurship Programme. From working together to develop our mentoring capacity, to participating in bilateral proposals – YBI has helped us grow to be one of Bhutan’s leading entrepreneurship organisations.”
“The YBI network has provided invaluable support in the launch and growth of Youth Business USA. From the highly skilled support of their team to the ‘matchmaker’ role that YBI played in connecting us with Accenture – we are very grateful to YBI and to be a part of this impactful network of organisations with shared missions.”