The Prince's Youth Business International

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Youth Business International (YBI) is a not-for-profit organisation, which via a global networked community provides young people with the opportunity to start their own business – through a combination of access to capital, business development services and experienced mentoring. Founded in 2000, the charity was originally a programme within The International Business Leader Forum. YBI has since become a fully independent organisation.


YBI’s Board of Trustees is chaired by Clydesdale Bank and National Australia Group Europe Chairman, Sir Malcolm Williamson and consists of YBI Chief Executive Andrew Devenport, John Downie – a senior partner at Accenture, Frances Le Grys – corporate partner of international law firm Lovells, Adam Lury – co-founder of HHCL advertising agency, Elizabeth Padmore – Chairman of Basingstoke and North Hampshire Foundation Trust Hospital, and Rupendra Singh – former Non-Executive Chairman of KPMG India.

YBI also has two Board of Representative members who focus their efforts on providing a necessary communications link between the Board of Trustees and YBI’s networked members and supporters. In January 2010, David Stewart-Patterson – Executive Vice President, Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Vice Chair, Canadian Youth Business Foundation and Sriyan De Silva Wijeyeratne – Country Manager, Microsoft Sri Lanka and Founder Trustee, Youth Business Sri Lanka were elected as the first Board Representatives.

Day-to-day business at YBI is undertaken by a team of 17 employees and a fluid network of volunteers and interns.

Youth entrepreneurship[edit]

Each year YBI celebrates the achievements and successes of young entrepreneurs across the world with the YBI Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. The awards showcase youth business talent and highlight the success and impact business orientated initiatives have had on local communities around the world.

Past winners have ranged from a plastic recycler in India, a waste disposal expert in Kenya and 2009’s winner – an Argentinean radio station owner, Juan Ramón Nuñez.


Youth Business International

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