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FUTUREPRENEURS

Jobs need to grow from bottom-up with the youths themselves in the driver’s seat. Making it possible for young people to be futurepreneurs will enable them to create their own jobs.

 

Youths everywhere are queuing up in unemployment lines. Jobs-for-life are part of history and big companies increasingly use freelance workers and include robots on the staff list. It is time to tackle the youth unemployment crisis in the spirit of opportunities for youth to design their own work. Avenues for fostering young entrepreneurs are potentially through incubators in established companies as well as through support from innovative funding mechanisms.

INCUBATORS INSIDE BUSINESSES
Entrepreneurs are leading job-creation globally. Conventional thinking sees entrepreneurship as an alternative path to incorporate into the conventional corporate world. Bringing the two worlds together is an opportunity to create jobs, new organisations and new ideas.

Companies are uniquely positioned to support young entrepreneurs. For businesses that must devote most energy to day-to-day operations and quarterly earnings, internal incubators offer insights into new emerging ideas.

The current pace of change constantly threatens established businesses; incubators are becoming more and more important to create growth opportunities. Having an internal incubator is like an insurance policy – if the market moves, the companies are ready to change directions or grow new business quickly. Incubators inside large companies for youth to sow and grow ideas in a structured environment offer an alternative tool for fostering entrepreneurship from publically funded incubator initiatives.

Participation in a corporate incubator enables young entrepreneurs to leverage the parent company’s resources to scale their business. In rural areas, agribusiness incubators are showing promising potential for job creation for youth.

OPPORTUNITY FOR INVESTORS
Without an established credit history, assets, and business experience required by traditional investment models, young entrepreneurs face challenges securing the necessary funding to accomplish their goals. Particular investment funds are offering triple-bottom-line investment opportunities that generate financial, social, and environmental returns for young entrepreneurs.

Investing in young entrepreneurs is also an opportunity for investors who are becoming increasingly unsatisfied with their current investment portfolio. Innovative finance mechanisms, such as inter-generational social futurepreneurial funds, are also an avenue for fostering more young entrepreneurs. These may be community-based with local competitions for the best start-up ideas winning access to finance.

Community projects like construction of roads and bridges, industrial parks, commercial buildings, and sewer and water projects can create jobs, but studies show that incubators have been more successful in terms of the number of jobs created. Whether these jobs are of a higher quality is, however, more difficult to say. Incubators allow companies to follow new ideas at close hand while planting the seeds for the next generation of futurepreneurs to grow.

Futurepreneurship empowers youth to take charge of their employment situation, and with the support of more experienced entrepreneurs youths are not on a lonely ride. This opportunity addresses the rising trend of jobless growth by supporting youth in bringing their creative ideas and dreams to life.

Key Numbers

300

Percent for every USD spend on youth entrepreneurship programme, 3 USD is generated in tax take alone.

1:10

Every dollar made available for young entrepreneurs is multiplied 10 times in the turnover.

47

Percent of entrepreneurs expect increase workforce next year.

Solutions for this Opportunity

ENCOURAGING ENTREPRENEURSHIP ACROSS EUROPE

YEU project provides online training on entrepreneurship to youth in Europe with high levels of youth unemployment.
Location: EU See this solution

ACCELERATING OPPORTUNITIES

Accelerator program (EDUCAT), entrepreneurs can improve and expand their businesses while developing sustainable practices.
Location:Rwanda See this solution

THE BAUHAUS OF AFRICA

MASS teaches the next generation of creative leaders skills and entrepreneurship’s to build critical infrastructure sustainably.
Location: Rwanda See this solution

GREEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EMPLOYABILITY

JEVE supports young people to find new opportunities, by developing entrepreneurial skills and
attitudes in the Green Economy.
Location: Portugal See this solution

RURAL ENTREPRENEURS

Dharma Life is a social enterprise that trains entrepreneurs to provide rural customers in India with life-improving products.
Location: India See this solution

CHANGING ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSETS

Startup Village provides students with the skills to design world-class technology products and start their own companies.
Location: India See this solution

AN ECOSYSTEM OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

COMB+ is a business incubator that aims at creating an ecosystem to help ambitious startups achieve their entrepreneurial dreams.
Location: China See this solution

CO-CREATING INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Fab Labs are innovation hubs where members create and test inventions using openly available equipment and software.
Location: Global See this solution


SURVEY FINDINGS

ONE OF THE TOP OPPORTUNITIES FOR BUSINESS TO PURSUE

The public sector is enthusiastic about the prospect of young people accessing jobs by means of entrepreneurship. Governments and the finance sectors are particularly supportive of this opportunity indicating potentials for collaborative action.

GEOGRAPHICAL DIFFERENCES

It is the most favoured opportunity in South East Asia and Australia, whereas in the other regions this opportunity receives a more moderate rating in terms of its benefits to society. While being one of the most favored opportunities for the medium HDI countries, it is the least favored opportunity for the Very High HDI countries.

A BUSINESS FAVOURITE

All business sectors are, on average, more likely to pursue this opportunity than all the others. For most of the business sectors, futurepreneurship is seen to have significant effect. The financial and governmental sectors support this opportunity more relative to all other opportunities. It points to a good foundation upon which to build partnership between these two sectors to get young people into work though the road of entrepreneurship.

Except for the South American region, this opportunity is perceived to have the support of politicians – and relatively stronger support than all the other opportunities tend to have. However, “Futurepreneurs” have been assessed as the least favourable of the three opportunities to address this risk.

NUMBER 11 ON THE OPPORTUNITY RANKING

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THE ECONOMIC CAPACITY, TECHNOLOGICAL CAPACITY, AND THE POLITICAL WILL POWER TO PURSUE THIS OPPORTUNITY ACROSS NINE REGIONS

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BENEFITS AND CAPACITY

Perceived benefits from pursuing this opportunity (x), and capacity to do so (y), World and geographic regions. Scale goes from -10 to +10.

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