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List of international organizations and programs supporting young entrepreneurship

Posted on 27 December 2009

Guys, there are a lot of organizations and local programs that are intent to help young entrepreneurship. I’ve decided to create a list on the Small Business Entrepreneur blog while I’m displaying more information about them on Young Entrepreneurship Blog. The list is far from over – I will continue adding here as I found out more about these organizations.

Africa

  • Inter Region Economic Network (IREN). The Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) is a leading African think tank that promotes ideas and strategies geared towards causing prosperity in Africa. IREN has been named twice among the most influential 288 Global Top-to-Go-to think tanks in Surveys that focused on 5,080 groups by a U.S.A based Think Tanks in Civil Societies Program (TTCSP).
  • The BOOST Fellowship is an organization that is molding university students into future leaders that will be respected and who will add worth to their community and country. Through equipping these students with entrepreneurship skills, servant leadership skills and staunch communication skills, we at BOOST are empowering them to stand out in the world, as an illustration to the world of what leadership should embody.
  • CJD-Tunisia, the association of young entrepreneurs, was founded in 1998 by Mr. Hedi Djilani, UTICA president (Tunisian Union of Industry, Commerce and Handicrafts) in close collaboration with CJD-France. CJD’s main objective is to better prepare the young Tunisian entrepreneur to face globalization challenges.

Asia

  • Dragon Junior Chamber. Established in 1980, Dragon Junior Chamber is the 11th local chapter (LOM) of the Junior Chamber International Hong Kong (JCIHK). The parent organization is affiliated to the Junior Chamber International (JCI), a worldwide association of young people between the ages of 18 and 40.
  • Youth Business Sri Lanka programme is the country wide expansion of the Hambantota Youth Business Trust (HYBT) which has been in operation over last 10 years. Implemented in 32 countries and modeled after the Youth Business International of UK, youth business programmes supports youth to start a business. The objective of YBSL is to address socio-economic exclusion of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds through provision of financial support to “disadvantaged youth” who has a viable business idea, to start up such enterprises and to provide business support through the existing institutional frameworks and specifically through a business mentor.
  • Young Entrepreneur Sri Lanka (YESL) is a non-profit organization, financed by businesses, foundations and individuals, to educate and inspire young children from primary school through high school to value free enterprise, understand Business and Economics, to be self-dependant, be workforce ready, be job-creators instead of job-seekers.
  • The Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship (FYSE) is a regional organization focusing on building an entrepreneurial environment for young people in Asia. Our program, the Asia Pacific Future 100 as a regional youth entrepreneurship campaign aims to raise awareness of entrepreneurship among young people in the region and to inspire them to follow suit on an entrepreneurial venture. We believe young people in Asia have the passion and potential to succeed as entrepreneur, all they need is further encouragement and support to turn ideas into successful ventures.
  • TUGIAD, being one of the most active representatives of Turkish business world overseas, has been carrying on its international relations not only with Europe but also with USA and Japan, as the improved countries, and Egypt and Tunisia as the improving countries, as well as the countries in our region such as the Balkans, Turkic Republics, and Middle East.
  • China Young Entrepreneur Association (CYEA) is the mass organization of the national young entrepreneurs with the possession of the artificial person. It is also the group member of National Youth Union of China as well as the group member of China Entrepreneur Association (CEA). It is the tie of connecting Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) with Young Entrepreneur. CYEA develops from the former China Young Entrepreneur Management Association, which was established in 1985. At that time, there were only 100 members. After over ten years, CYEA consists of 47 group members & 2000 personal members who are advanced and excellent managers and directors. They are running various kinds of enterprises, including state-run enterprises, collective enterprises, joint-venture enterprises and private enterprises.

Europe

  • Youth Business International is a not-for-profit organisation that leads a global network of independent country initiatives helping young people start their own business and create employment.was founded in the UK in 2000 and is one of The Prince’s Charities, a group of not-for-profit organisations of which HRH The Prince of Wales is President. The YBI Network spans 40 countries across six continents.
  • The Young Entrepreneurs Initiative (YEi) is a platform for mentoring and networking aimed at US-based entrepreneurs who understand the importance of internationalizing their vision and their activity, and who wish to  set up a technology venture in France.
  • Erasmus is an EU project that aims at helping new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing a small or medium-sized enterprise  by spending time in a business in another EU country. Erasmus  is financed by the European Commission and operated across 21 EU countries by the help of more than 100 intermediary organizations.
  • The Young Entrepreneurs Association from Romania (YEAR) is the only employer organization in Romania that represents at national level the interests of Romanian young entrepreneurs aged between 18 and 40. At national level YEAR is member of The National Council of Small and Medium Size Enterprise (CNIPMMR) and at European level YEAR is member of JEUNE – European Organization of Young Entrepreneurs.

USA

  • Young Executive Club of Chicago (YEC) was started in 1973 as a professional organization to promote leadership among new executives by creating forums with today’s top business, civic and government figures. The club was founded by a small group of MBA’s from the University of Chicago who wanted to learn from leading executives from different fields of business.

Arabia

  • The Syrian Young Entrepreneurs Association is a non-profit civil institution that works to strengthen the entrepreneurial capabilities of young people in Syria in order to help them launch projects that make them job creators, rather than job seekers. In order to do this, the Association endeavours to deepen the culture of entrepreneurship among young Syrians, encouraging them and providing them with the necessary information and experience to launch and continue projects, in addition to financing entrepreneurial activities. Since its launch in 2004, SYEA has become one of the foremost authorities on entrepreneurship in Syria. The Association has three branches in total: Aleppo, Deir Azour and its headquarters in Damascus.
  • Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE). Established in 1991, the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) is a specialized nonprofit ICT Jordanian university. In the year 2003, PSUT embarked on a vigorous development and expansion plan. An integral part of the plan was the establishment of an Entrepreneurship Center that would be located at the heart of Jordan’s scientific, academic and R&D corridor. The idea was to name the Center after a prominent Arab dignitary known for his/her distinguished role in supporting economic growth and entrepreneurship. Thus, work towards launching the Queen Rania Center for Entrepreneurship (QRCE) started in October 2004.
  • Young Entrepreneurs of Palestine (YEP) is a budding organization based in Ramallah with a goal of promoting entrepreneurship and engaging Palestinian people (especially young and women) in economically productive activities. YEP gives a new value to the notion of entrepreneurship, reinforces the economic dimension of entrepreneurship and helps to build a solid foundation of human security (social, economic as well as national).

China Young Entrepreneur Association

China Young Entrepreneur Association (CYEA) is the mass organization of the national young entrepreneurs with the possession of the artificial person. It is also the group member of National Youth Union of China as well as the group member of China Entrepreneur Association (CEA). It is the tie of connecting Communist Youth League of China (CYLC) with Young Entrepreneur. CYEA develops from the former China Young Entrepreneur Management Association, which was established in 1985. At that time, there were only 100 members. After over ten years, CYEA consists of 47 group members & 2000 personal members who are advanced and excellent managers and directors. They are running various kinds of enterprises, including state-run enterprises, collective enterprises, joint-venture enterprises and private enterprises.

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7 Responses to “List of international organizations and programs supporting young entrepreneurship”

  1. Dorie Vita says:

    Shortly I will be opening a new small business, specifically a coffee shop, so I’ve been searching the web for inspiration. Reading your posts have give me some great things to think about, so thanks for the new ideas.

  2. Cristian,

    My name is Teju Ravilochan and I’m one of the co-founders of an organization called the Unreasonable Institute, an acceleration program for early-stage entrepreneurs tackling the world’s greatest social and environmental problems. We are on the look out for some international organization supporting entrepreneurs across the world and this is list was INCREDIBLY helpful. I just want to say thank you for what must have been hours of research in compiling this valuable resource. We are extremely grateful!

  3. Alasan makalo says:

    I am a poultry farmer looking for support to expand.i leave in the the Gambia,west Africa

  4. Mima says:

    Hi to everyone,
    I am working for company interested in young entrepreneurs. We are trying to make it easier for them by finding out what they need to change in business environment to become more successful.
    Any your ideas and comments would be very helpful. Do no hesitate and express your thoughts and ideas. I would be happy to represent them and fight for realization.

  5. Michael says:

    The Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a great one in North America. Over 230 chapters and holds National conferences and competitions.

  6. ALI RAMADHAN KHAMIS says:

    My name is Ali Ramadhan Khamis, I’m among the founder member of organization called Pemba educational development(PEDO).We dealing with supporting young person in their educational developmemt andenterprenuership for their future developments. We are here to find any fincial support inorder to reduce the problem of poverty among the young person and their family in Pemba, Zanzibar.
    Any yuor contribution, ideas and comments will be very helpufull for us.

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