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USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realise their potential. USAID has a long history of supporting young people in the Caribbean and has funded several project aimed at empowering young entrepreneurs to start businesses and strengthen their societies.

USAID provided funding for the YEPEC with the expectation that this project will contribute towards:

  • Optimising the number of young people supported to become entrepreneurs,
  • Building awareness of opportunity through youth entrepreneurship,
  • Building the capacity of Youth Business Trusts (YBT) to support young entrepreneurs,
  • Improving the quality of support available to young entrepreneurs,
  • Establishing a virtual Centre of Excellence for youth entrepreneurship development, and
  • Researching, collating and sharing lessons learned to establish best practice across the region.

Youth Business International: 

Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of independent not-for-profit organisations dedicated to helping young people become successful, sustainable entrepreneurs. YBI members in more than 40 countries around the world provide under-served young people with access to finance, entrepreneurship training and a connection to a volunteer mentor. Three of the organisations in the Youth Business Caribbean network are also founding members of YBI. YBI created the YEPEC project and it’s legacy, Youth Business Caribbean, with the generous support of USAID.