The Standard Chartered Foundation is a charitable foundation that tackles inequality by promoting greater economic inclusion for disadvantaged young people from low-income households, particularly women and girls and people with visual impairments.
Funded by the Standard Chartered Foundation as part of Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, YBI has so far provided crucial support to over 15,595 entrepreneurs in seven countries across Asia, Africa and Europe. The programme has been delivered by our local members and delivery partners in Botswana, Germany, Japan, Nigeria, Turkey, and Uganda and focuses on particularly disadvantaged business owners, including rural, micro, and female entrepreneurs, business owners with disabilities and visual impairments and those excluded from formal financial support. Support services range from mentoring, one-to-one consulting and peer coaching, advisory helplines and online resource platforms, to pitch competitions and awards as well as webinars, workshops, business clinics and thematic seminars.
In 2022 the programme was renewed for a further two years, with a further eighth delivery partner in Vietnam, aiming to provide in-depth support to 14,155 young entrepreneurs and crucial support to 30,000 young people wanting to start or strengthen their business. Priority will be given to traditionally disadvantaged business owners including rural, female entrepreneurs, business owners with disabilities and visual impairments and those excluded from formal financial support.
Read the results from 2020-21 here and watch a summary below.