Child and Youth Finance International (CYFI) is a global multi-stakeholder network promoting economic citizenship for children and youth. Launched in April 2012, the Child and Youth Finance Movement has already spread to over 125 countries and has reached more than 36 million children and youth. Headquartered in the Netherlands, CYFI works globally with governments, international institutions, NGOs and the private sector to ensure access to high quality financial services and financial education programs for children and youth. Their network and partners are mainly financial regulatory authorities (that is central banks), ministries of education, multilaterals (like OECD) but also representatives of the civil society (like Eurochild) and private sector, as the closely work with them to change the financial ecosystem and transform it in a child-friendly one.
The event was organized within the framework of the Global Money Week and focused at launching Ye! which is an online platform targeted at young entrepreneurs between 16 and 30 years of age. Ye! connects young entrepreneurs around the world and links them to various tools, resources and opportunities to support the growth of their enterprises. The Ye! platform provides young entrepreneurs with business knowledge, an online community and social network, a coaching program and links to funding opportunities. The objectives of Ye! are to support youth entrepreneurship, promote ethical entrepreneurial culture and stimulate job creation for youth.
Ye! uses a hybrid of online and offline approaches to support youth entrepreneurship. In addition to the Ye! online platform, Ye! will work with organizations worldwide to organize various local activities such as pitching events, competitions, meetings and trainings for young entrepreneurs.
I opened the conference and I spoke about the work of the Committee on job creation and youth entrepreneurship. Furthermore I contributed to the Q&A section of the pitches by giving constructive criticism on presentations and on what investors are looking for. Much of this has been gained from my personal business experience.
The EESC received many thanks for hosting the event which was a resounding succes , obvious from the tweets @ye_community
Participants and speakers approached me later to describe how inspiring these ideas were and how they should be the basis in forming the EU policies in the area of youth entrepreneurship. I will now be mentoring several of the business, especially those with commercial viability but also those with a social impact.
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Thank you for this great opportunity to introduce the EESC’s efforts in supporting youth entrepreneurship.