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Aruba, December 9, 2015 - Young entrepreneurs to benefit from coaching, pitching opportunities and online training.

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has teamed up with Child Youth Finance International (CFYI) and Youth Business International (YBI) allowing for better and strong support to young entrepreneurs. 
In collaboration with CYFI, a global, multi-sector network dedicated to enhancing the financial capabilities of children and youth, ITC’s Youth and Trade Programme will help ease the access for young entrepreneurs to networks of coaches and impact investors, including through so-called ‘Business to Investors’ events. At these meeting, young entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas directly to investors.
Meanwhile, the partnership with YBI, a global network of organisations dedicated to helping young people to start and grow their own business and create employment, will focus on exchanging knowledge on youth entrepreneurship support. In addition, YBI members will get access to a wide range of online training courses offered by ITC’s Youth and Trade Programme, and which are tailor-made towards building the skills of young entrepreneurs.
A goal of both partnerships is to raise funding to help address the needs of young people in developing countries and transition economies for greater entrepreneurial support.
The partnerships with CFYI and YBI were agreed in conjunction with the 2015 edition of the Global Entrepreneurship, a global initiative in 160 countries across the world. The partnerships will also form part of a wider ITC contribution to the recently agreed United Nations-led Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, which was approved by the UN Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) on 18 November. This initiative aims at scaling up action in support of youth employment – one of the main global challenges and priorities of our times.