“Our mission is to promote measures and mechanisms for youth entrepreneurship, to influence the policy of national institutions, and promote a culture among young people of job creation rather than job seeking.”
YBN , is a network of young people active around the world aimed to contribute to competitiveness and regional growth through an entrepreneurial mind-set in the next generation.
Developing a method for mapping prerequisites for promoting youth entrepreneurship in regional development policies and in education systems.
Conducting interregional mapping and a joint interregional analysis where similarities, differences, strengths and weaknesses are identified.
The potential partners in this endeavour include educational institutions, embassies in host countries, governments, private sector and individuals. It will be achieved by creating awareness, organising debates, providing opportunities for practical business start-ups and facilitating peer partnerships.
Founder Nikolaos Kostopoulos says the organisation will be a platform from which to provide moral and directional support to young people as they foster the necessary business skills to pursue their goals.
Among a string of initiatives planned is a research pilot project to identify the issues holding young people from taking the plunge into the business world. The group believes the research will help fine-tune its mission statement and help it channel its efforts more effectively.Youth Business Network is seeking sponsors and partners with whom it can co-ordinate and organise initiatives like business simulations, business hubs, and workshops where successful business people will share experiences of milestones like success, setbacks, failure, and re-invention. It even hopes to be able to accompany aspiring entrepreneurs on overseas trade missions in search of partners, knowledge exchange, and possibly investors.The group hopes Youth Business Network will establish itself as a resourceful platform and networking facilitator to which young people can turn to for support.