Entrepreneurship Across Borders

Working with entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship issues is an exciting thing. Every culture, region and country has its own history and practices in regards to entrepreneurship, but quite often there are common struggles to be found. Especially in our modern world, where barriers and borders have both increased and diminished, due to the constant interaction, push and pull, between politics and technology. Entrepreneurship blossoms in an open and stable, yet not stagnant, environment.

I am a co-founder and the current UK president of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (G20 YEA).

G20 YEA is a global network of approximately 500 000 young entrepreneurs and the organisations that support them. The alliance convenes every year in advance of the G20 Summit to support the importance of young entrepreneurs to the G20 member nations and to share examples and practices. IoD 99 is the UK member organisation in G20 YEA. IoD 99 was launched in 2015 and is now the fastest growing network in the UK for founders and co-founders looking to scale their startup.

The G20 YEA network was formally founded in November 2010 in Incheon, South Korea, building on the engagement at the Toronto G20 Summit in June the same year and the G8 meeting at Stresa, Italy in July 2009. The alliance has a long term purpose to work for entrepreneurs in the respective member countries and across the globe.

The vision of the alliance is to be a network that discusses with national governments, media, the public and with each other in support of young entrepreneurs on a local, national and international level. The network is intended to span across industrialised and developing economies to make progress towards an increasing number of entrepreneurs growing businesses, creating jobs and changing lives for future economic prosperity.

The alliance is committed to cooperation and to promoting open and constructive discussion on key issues relating to the support and growth of young entrepreneurs, sharing of information and resources among the members and to provide a forum for discussion of issues found by young entrepreneurs.

The 2018 G20 YEA summit was held in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The UK took a delegation of 16 entrepreneurs to the summit, you can find out all about them here. The summit explored the relationship between education, the global economy and the future of entrepreneurship. Under the theme of “Entrepreneurship, Education and the Businesses of the Future”, the summit looked at the educational needs of present and future entrepreneurs, as well as the business opportunities in the education technology space. Five reports were presented on the following topics:

  1. Get Ready for the Skills Economy
  2. Young Entrepreneur Mobility Across G20 Countries
  3. Discussion Paper on Quality Education
  4. Smart Taxation for Young Entrepreneurs
  5. How to Accelerate Skills Acquisition in the Age of Intelligent Technologies

I will be bringing you separate blog posts on each one of these topics over the coming weeks, which are all highly relevant for entrepreneurs across the globe.

If you wish to read more about the work of G20 YEA and the member organisations, please click here.

If you wish to find out more about IoD 99, please click here.

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