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Unleashing the power of Youth Entrepreneurship

The Hague, the Netherlands
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Unleashing the power of youth entrepreneurship as a force for good.

We will shine a light on the inspiring young people from across our network and showcase how their businesses are addressing global issues like hunger and climate change, driving forward the green economy and plugging gaps in social welfare. 

Tackling global and social challenges through entrepreneurship

Hearing from young entrepreneurs who are tackling global social challenges through entrepreneurship.

A focus on Social and Green entrepreneurship will explore the challenges and barriers to success; how to ensure more young people have the skills and support to set up businesses that are tackling global social issues; who we can convene to work with us and grow our knowledge and support to truly make a difference.

Exploring responsible business to ensure young entrepreneurs are supported to provide decent work and drive inclusive economic growth. 

We will look at the trends in responsible business and explore how entrepreneurship could help deliver the S in ESG. We will explore how we enable truly inclusive business with a focus on Indigenous programmes; inclusive mentoring and insights from programmes supporting disability.

This day is focused on the CEOs and leaders from across the YBI network and aims to drive collaboration and learning amongst our members.

Drawing on the leadership lessons from key partners and some of the approaches to development that they have been using, we will look to support the critical thinking that CEOs and future CEOs in our network need to lead their organisations into the future.

Our commitment to inclusivity and sustainability

YBI is committed to helping our membership support entrepreneurs to reduce their environmental impact, run fair and inclusive businesses and be a force for good contributing to sustainable future economies. The GYES is the ideal forum to explore these issues with our members and partners.  As part of this YBI has strict standards and processes in place to ensure inclusivity, accessibility and minimising environmental impacts are integral to our event planning. We are committed to ensuring that the GYES is an inclusive and accessible event and that it is delivered with the minimum environmental impact possible.  For more information, please see our FAQs.

Location

A beautiful venue in the heart of The Hague

Beeld en Geluid Den Haag
Zeestraat 82
2518 AD Den Haag

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Set in a superb location in the vibrant heart of The Hague, the Sound and Vision Museum offers inspiring rooms that are more than just walls, curtains, tables and chairs. This beautiful space is light and airy and has been recently refurbished to a high standard and unique design. The original building on the Zeestraat 82 has a rich history. Please see here to learn more about the GYES 2022 chosen venue.

The Handbook

Tuesday, 18th October

We will kick off the Summit by hearing from YBI, members, partners and leading voices from across entrepreneurship.

We are planning an inspirational and motivational opening that includes hearing from highly successful young entrepreneurs that have great stories to share. We will also hear from members who have overcome adversity and challenges covering topics as diverse as the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine conflict to addressing climate change and mental health issues.

Meet a young entrepreneur with a successful green business and hear from the member that supports them. Join experts in green and social enterprise to discuss the wider needs of and solutions for green and social business. Plus an interactive session to grow practical knowledge on the creation and sustainment of green and social businesses.

The importance of investing in digitalisation cannot be underestimated. YBI will look to help unlock global partnerships with providers of Digital tools that support small businesses to enable easy access and support for young entrepreneurs. 

Wednesday, 19th October

Responsible business focuses on how businesses can embed principles, practices and processes that have a positive impact on its people and the planet. With the increasing importance of ESG and the ability to measure and demonstrate this positive impact to secure investment and business credibility, YBI will examine what this changing landscape means for corporates, young entrepreneurs and members alike.

YBI is set on driving forward a responsible business agenda, founded on the principles of inclusion and decent work. Across the network, members are promoting decent work to a greater number of youth-led businesses. Through these efforts, we are committed to creating businesses and driving economies so every job created is a decent one.

We recognise that all entrepreneurs face challenges, but Indigenous entrepreneurs face unique challenges and barriers to establishing a successful business. Members across YBI’s network, share their insights into how their work enables young, Indigenous entrepreneurs to take their rightful place in the economy and build prosperity for their communities.

One of the recognised challenges for mentors is supporting mentees from diverse backgrounds and how to have critical conversations across difference. Fundamentally, this requires open dialogue, which depends significantly on the level of psychological safety within the relationship. How comfortable are both parties in revealing their thoughts and concerns, and how comfortable are both parties in challenging each other’s assumptions, behaviours and actions? Learn about the guidance and techniques to ensure mentor and mentee relationships can be supported to have critical conversations across difference.

True inclusion will only happen if we take action. It also requires us to reflect on our actions and learn to do things differently. We are pleased to share our inclusivity journey and Inclusivity Toolkit. Our goal is not to be dictating but to focus on helping individuals and organisations to reflect, and take action to become more inclusive in ways of thinking, working and being.

One in six adults worldwide is living with a disability. Entrepreneurship can be a valuable and viable option for people with disabilities, as young people living with disabilities tend to experience lower labour market participation and work in lower paid occupations. Members share their work with disabled people organisations to provide the necessary support structures, resources, reasonable adaptations and materials needed to enable aspiring entrepreneurs with disabilities to start businesses.

YBI’s Entrepreneurship within Reach report shares our 20 years of evidence of what is needed to support a young person to start, sustain and grow a business. The model that defines YBI’s integrated approach for successful entrepreneurship support is around personal development, business development and ecosystem enablers. We will look to explore core areas of quality through sharing our newly developed standards and hearing from members on exactly how quality is achieved.

Thursday, 20th October

After an incredibly challenging few years, leaders across the YBI Network will come together again. What have we learnt from having to go digital almost overnight? What does it mean to manage your organisation and people remotely, to having a deeper understanding of what it truly means to be an inclusive organisation? How do we recruit and retain great people as we emerge into a very different working world of hybrid working and different generational needs? How do we find the time to do this thinking? 

Drawing on the leadership lessons from key partners and some of the approaches to development that they have been using. We will look to support the critical thinking that the CEOs in our network need to lead their organisations into the future.

Awards

Incredible awards to recognise amazing individuals

YBI’s awards are always a highlight of the Summit. 2022’s GYES will be no exception.

The awards

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

We will be celebrating innovative and inspiring young entrepreneurs who are leading the way in responsible business, environmental solutions and who have demonstrated grit and determination to overcome Covid-19.

Only one can be the overall Young Entrepreneur of the Year and win the grand prize of $10,000.

Young entrepreneur of the year

We will be celebrating innovative and inspiring young entrepreneurs who are leading the way in responsible business, environmental solutions and who have demonstrated grit and determination to overcome Covid-19.

The categories: 

Green business of the year. Are you, or do you know a young entrepreneur supported by a YBI member who has an amazing business idea that’s helping to save the planet? 

Business for good award. Is the business plugging a gap in society or solving a problem that improves lives? 

Covid resilience award. How did the business respond to the pandemic? Were quick pivots needed to survive? Is the business better now than ever due to an innovative solution? 

The prizes: 

9 finalists – three per category  will be invited to join YBI at the GYES with visa costs covered, free accommodation and travel to The Hague. There will be exciting opportunities for networking, building relationships, learning and of course exploring the Netherlands

3 winning businesses – of the nine finalists there will be a winner from each category who will receive a trophy, business coaching and a place in the YBI hall of fame.

1 Young entrepreneur of the year – only one overall winner will secure the $10,000 prize for their business.

Prizes:

Flights and accommodation
YBI will cover your airline tickets, transfer and accommodation in the Hague for three days. 

Free tickets
Free tickets to YBI’s Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit and the opportunity to network with leaders across business and entrepreneurship

Business coaching
YBI will organise free business coaching from a relevant expert to help your business thrive

Trophy and place in the YBI Hall of Fame
The winner will be presented with their trophy as part of the awards ceremony at the Summit

$10,000
A non-repayable grant of $10,000 for the 2022 Young Entrepreneur of the Year

How it works:

  • The award is open to any entrepreneur aged 18-35 who has been supported by a YBI member in the last 24 months
  • Applicants must choose only one of the three categories to enter
  • The deadline to enter is 5 August
  • Nine finalists (three per category) will be announced with their places to attend the GYES guaranteed 1 September 
  • Online voting runs for one month 1 September-1 October
  • A panel of expert judges (to be announced) will choose three category winners one of which will be YBI Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2022 and win $10,000
  • 18 October the winners will be announced in a ceremony in the Hague

How to enter

Please fill in the Application Form and to see all the questions before you start, please see here though please note that final entries must be filled out online. For young entrepreneurs wanted to enter in a language other than English, the member and the young entrepreneur may work together to translate and fill out the entry form. If you have any questions get in touch with the team on GYES2022@youthbusiness.org

Mentor of the year

Once again YBI will crown our Mentor of the Year 2022. Our purpose has always been to recognise the incredible work of our global community of volunteer business mentors who give their time to support a young person to achieve their goals in creating and sustaining their business.

It is also an opportunity to shine a light on our global Network’s commitment to delivering high quality mentoring services, which we know critically supports the personal development of young entrepreneurs.

Mentor of the Year

We have had some amazing winners, runners up and entrants over the years and are thrilled that our Mentor of the Year 2021, Caxton Njuki will join us to share his experience and pass the baton on to whoever will be our 2022 winner. 

All our member organisations are invited to select their national winners and submit them for consideration. 

We will then select the Regional Winners and they will be announced at a virtual Mentoring Masterclass in early September which will be a moment for all our mentors to share and learn and to start the voting for the Global YBI Mentor of the Year.

Ultimately, we believe that anyone who gives their time to voluntarily mentor a young person is a hero and deserves to be recognised.

However mentors must meet the below core criteria to enter the competition:

  • mentoring refers to one to one mentoring (rather than group)
  • the mentor must be mentoring as a volunteer
  • the mentor must have been supporting young entrepreneurs (18-35) as part of a YBI member mentoring programme for a minimum of 1 year
  • the mentor must have had a long term (minimum 10 months) mentoring relationship with a young entrepreneur (18-35) supported by a YBI member
  • the mentor must currently be registered with a member organisation

We will then be looking for characteristics of a great mentors, which could be: – 

  • Ethical practice 
  • Continuous learning mentality
  • Critical Reflection of their own practice and development

We need our winning mentors to represent the entire community of mentors from around the world so encourage participation from as many members as possible please. Our YBI Mentor of the Year needs to be a role model for YBI Mentoring and a suitable representative for the thousands of mentors in our network, both for the mentoring they do and more

How to enter

Any YBI Member who would like to take part, please fill in the Entry Form  by 5 August. To view all the questions first, please see here  though be aware that final entries must be filled out using the entry form. If you have any questions, please contact the team on GYES2022@youthbusiness.org   

 

FAQs

Please see here our frequently asked questions. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, please get in touch with us GYES2022@youthbusiness.org

The Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (GYES) is the Youth Business International network’s flagship event which brings together leading experts, influencers and decision makers in the youth entrepreneurship sector. It is a space for YBI members to connect with game changers and sector innovators through workshops and facilitated discussions. To explore, ideate, collaborate, and generate new approaches that respond to the ever-changing needs, challenges and aspirations of young entrepreneurs globally.

At the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (GYES) 2022 you will connect with a wide audience of individuals working in business and enterprise, including international development NGOs, micro-finance institutes, mentoring specialists, entrepreneurs, and private sector organisations. Much of the content at the GYES is aimed at CEOs and leaders, but there will also be lots of networking and knowledge-sharing opportunities which will be inspiring, relevant and useful to anyone with an interest in youth entrepreneurship and for staff at all levels. There is no limit on numbers from member organisations. Please do look at our agenda for more information.

This year’s theme is ‘Unleashing the power of youth entrepreneurship as a force for good’. We will shine a light on the inspiring young people from across our network and showcase how their businesses are addressing global issues like hunger and climate change, driving forward the green economy and plugging gaps in social welfare.

Participants will have the opportunity to explore key topics and share their expertise with the world’s leading organisations in youth entrepreneurship support.

Our themes for the week are: 

Day 1 – Tackling global and social challenges through entrepreneurship

Hearing from young entrepreneurs who are tackling global social challenges through entrepreneurship

Focus on Social and Green entrepreneurship – what are the challenges and barriers to success; how can we ensure more young people have the skills and support to set up businesses that are tackling global social issues; who can we convene to work with us and grow our knowledge and support to really make a difference. 

Day 2 – Responsible and Inclusive Business

Exploring responsible business to ensure young entrepreneurs are supported to provide decent work and drive inclusive economic growth. 

We will look at the trends in responsible business and explore how entrepreneurship could help to deliver the S in ESG. How do we enable truly inclusive business with a focus on Indigenous programmes; inclusive mentoring and insights from programmes supporting disability

Day 3 – Leadership and the future

This day is focused on the CEOs from across the YBI network and driving collaboration and learning amongst our members.

Drawing on the leadership lessons from key partners and some of the approaches to development that they have been using, we will look to support the critical thinking that CEOs and future CEOs in our network need to lead their organisations into the future.

There’s more to the GYES than just great content. Along with opportunities to learn, share and get inspired, there will be plenty of networking and social activities.

You can register to attend the event here:

Payment is required when you register, we only accept credit and debit cards. All payments must be made through the Eventbrite online registration form, which can be found on the GYES 2022 page. We accept Visa, Visa Debit, Mastercard and American Express. 

We do not issue invoices or accept payments via purchase order, wire, ACH, or check. 

If you are experiencing trouble submitting your payment, please get in touch via GYES2022@youthbusiness.org and we will investigate it.

If you are a YBI member and haven’t received your promotion code please contact us and we’ll provide it. 

Your receipt is included in your registration confirmation. Make sure to check your spam folder if you can’t find your confirmation email. If you still can’t find it and need another copy, get in touch with us at GYES2022@youthbusiness.org

If you registered multiple people and entered your information at the beginning of the checkout process, your confirmation email will include all attendees who were part of your order. All attendees will also receive their individual confirmation if you fill in their email addresses.

Registering a group is easy. Select the number of tickets that you need during the registration.

Enter your contact details and the contact details of everyone you are purchasing a ticket for. Each of the people you assign a ticket will also receive an individual confirmation email. You can revisit Eventbrite to access your registration details later and view all the tickets you have bought.

You can register now and change the attendee information later.

When you register – Select however many tickets you want to purchase and enter your information at the top of the order screen. A summary of the order will be sent to the email address you provide.

Once you know who’s attending – When you’re ready to transfer your registration, you can make the changes yourself in just a couple of minutes. You can find instructions for transferring passes in the ‘Managing registration’ section of this FAQ or by revisiting your Eventbrite account to view your registration details.

The GYES is free to all members and anyone within their organisation to attend. We are unable to cover travel costs. If you would like to attend and costs are an issue, please get in touch via GYES2022@youthbusiness.org

If you ask us to make changes to your registration, we’ll need your order number for verification. You will find your order number in your GYES registration confirmation email.

If you can’t find your confirmation email, click here and then enter the email address you used at registration to get started, then enter your password. Once you’re logged into your Eventbrite account, you’ll see a banner when you revisit the event page that says, “You’re going to this event!” Then all you do is select “View your order.”

If you’ve tried all these options and still can’t find your confirmation email or tickets, contact us via GYES2022@youthbusiness.org

If you or someone who you purchased a ticket for can no longer attend the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit, you can easily transfer the registration

Click here to log into your Eventbrite account and select Tickets in the Account Menu (top right) click on your order. Locate your order (under “Tickets”) and click the name of the event to display the information entered on the order form. To update or edit your order information, click “Edit” (on the right). After you finish entering the new attendee’s information click “Save” to save your changes.

A couple of things you should be aware of:

  • You cannot change the number of tickets ordered, billing address, or credit card/payment type used.
  • We recommend selecting the “send confirmation email to new attendee” box when changing the email address on your order.

NOTE: If you entered an incorrect email address during registration, you can log in with the incorrect email address and password to change the email address on your Eventbrite account. Please note: You must change your email both on your Eventbrite account and on your GYES order.

If you’re unable to transfer a ticket on your own for any reason, get in touch with us at GYES2022@youthbusiness.org For verification purposes, we’ll need the order number of the ticket you want to transfer, as well as the name and email address of the new attendee.

Changing hotel reservations – If you transfer a ticket, changes will not be automatically reflected on your hotel reservation, so it is your responsibility to contact your hotel to cancel or change your reservation.

Under the UK Consumer Rights, you are entitled to a full refund in the case the event is cancelled, rescheduled or has changed location. All refunds will be made to your original form of payment. Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund if you are no longer able to attend or have changed your mind. You also have the option of transferring your pass, which you can do yourself for free at any point until the start of the Summit.

How to cancel – If you need to cancel your pass, just get in touch with us by replying to your registration confirmation email or emailing us at GYES2022@youthbusiness.org.

Attendees from the EU and Schengen area do not require a visa when travelling to the Netherlands for GYES.

Those outside the EU/Schengen area, to check whether you need a visa please visit this website.

If you do require a visa, getting one will be your own responsibility and we advise that you do this early to avoid disappointment. We can support members by providing a letter of invitation, but we are not able to provide any advice. To request an invitation letter, you must be a YBI member or registered to attend the GYES 2022. Get in touch with us by replying to your registration confirmation email, giving us your full name as it appears on your passport. If you are denied a visa, we will not be able to make any exceptions to our cancellation policy. However, you are welcome to transfer your pass to someone else free of charge.

If you are planning on flying to the Netherlands, you have two airport options; the first is Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMA), the second is Rotterdam Airport (RTM) which is the closest airport to the Hague. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is 30 miles from The Hague, Rotterdam Airport is 15 miles.

For those who can travel by train,  The Hague has six train stations all offering good connections with other forms of public transportation and the Netherlands itself has an extensive network of railways. Rotterdam and Amsterdam both have international terminals.  The nearest train station to the venue is The Hague Central Station (Den Haag Centraal).

We have arranged limited reduced rates exclusively for YBI members at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel, which is less than 5-minutes away from the GYES venue, Sound and Vision Museum

 

To book a room, please click here or visit their website or email reservations@carltonhotels.nl. When contacting the hotels please include, the type of room you would like to stay in, the number of guests using the room and any other requirements you may have. Please note that the exclusive YBI rate is only available when booking using the link, please note you will need to book by 1 September 2022, to receive this rate.

If you have any queries regarding the hotel, please get with us in touch via GYES2022@youthbusiness.org.

If prefer to stay somewhere else, you’re welcome to look at other hotels or Airbnb. The next closest hotel to the venue is Hilton The Hague.


Please note the Carlton Ambassador hotel is our only official hotel partner, so you shouldn’t give your information to any other website claiming to provide hotels for the Summit. If you come across one of these sites, please report them to us at GYES2022@youthbusiness.org

In the event of cancellation more than 7 days before arrival, YBI members booking rooms at the Carlton Ambassador Hotel can cancel their reservation without charge. If you cancel less than 7 days before arrival, you will be charged 100% of the room cost. 

Please check with the hotel you book with if it is not the Carlton Ambassador.

If you fly into Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or Rotterdam Airport you can take public transport and taxis. The journey to The Hague from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is around 50-70 minutes. The journey to The Hague from Rotterdam Airport is 30-40 minutes.

Breakfast – YBI members will be offered breakfast as part of their hotel booking if they use the link provided.

Lunch – Attendees will be provided with lunch at the Sound and Vision Museum on each day of the Summit.

Dinner – All attendees will be provided with a canape evening on Tuesday 17 October and a walking dinner on Wednesday 18 October.

All attendees will be asked to provide dietary requirements during the registration process. If you would like to discuss dietary requirements further, you can contact us at GYES2022@youthbusiness.org.

Yes, when you register on Eventbrite you have to fill in your dietary requirements.

Over the last three years, YBI has been working to build its knowledge on inclusivity and accessibility. YBI has measures in place to ensure inclusivity and accessibility frames our event planning. We have been reviewing our key contacts for diversity, assessed event topics for relevance across the network, ensured the accessibility of our venue, and are developing individual sessions to allow for the widest participation possible. Our process of event retrospectives will continue, and we hope to learn more and keep improving.

If you have any questions regarding inclusion and accessibility, please email: GYES2022@youthbusiness.org

YBI is committed to putting sustainability at the heart of our network and will use the 2022 global summit to explore these issues with our Members and partners. This is the first global summit YBI has hosted with sustainability at its core.

YBI’s 2022 global summit provides an opportunity for us to better understand the social and environmental impact of our events. An event of this size with a global attendance is something YBI believes is necessary. It is important for our network to come together to address youth entrepreneurship challenges and opportunities for the underserved.

We recognise not all elements will have a positive environmental impact, but we will strive to quantify the impact the event has and ensure the positive contribution the summit is optimized and that any environmental impact is minimised

If you’re looking to showcase your brand in front of 50+ organisations from across the world at the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit please get in touch with Carolina Bejarano Rusinque carolina.bejaranorusinque@youthbusiness.org to discuss our partnership package.

Partners and friends

YBI’s Global Youth entrepreneurship Summit is supported by Accenture

  • Accenture

Special thanks to our partners and friends for their ongoing support

  • Google.org
  • Futuremakers
  • IKEA Foundation
  • Argidius
  • Enel Group