Andrew Devenport
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Andrew is Chief Executive of Youth Business International (YBI), and global network dedicated to helping young people start up their own business.

He is an expert on youth entrepreneurship around the world and works closely with YBI members on issues such as resourcing, operations and governance.

Andrew focuses particularly on the strategic development of the global network and initiating and managing complex multi-stakeholder relationships across the world.

Prior to joining YBI in 2005, Andrew spent 18 years in investment banking, most recently as a managing director at Goldman Sachs.

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Youth Unemployment Is Everybody's Business

(0) Comments | Posted 8 October 2015 | (13:01)

This week, I am pleased to share the byline with Ramanie Kunanayagam, Group Head of Social Performance and Human Rights at BG Group

Young Tanzanians learning about entrepreneurship thanks to YBI's national member Kijana Jiajiri


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In Partnerships We Trust - The Promise of the Sustainable Development Goals

(0) Comments | Posted 24 September 2015 | (14:46)

In the decade or so I have been working in development I have had more good weeks than bad ones, and this week is an especially good week that makes me more optimistic than ever regarding the future of the young people we are trying to help.

This week,...

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Why These Young Entrepreneurs Would Not Have Made It Without Their Mentors

(3) Comments | Posted 30 June 2015 | (15:35)

I have dedicated the last decade of my working life to helping young people take risks and seize opportunities. And yet, when my daughter decided to leave university early because she wanted to pursue her own path, I thought it was a very bad idea.

As it turned out,...

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Ten Reasons Why Everyone Can Be an Entrepreneur - part two

(1) Comments | Posted 19 May 2015 | (20:56)

By Caroline Appel, Luisa Bonin and Andrew Devenport


Gustavo Carvalho, an entrepreneur from Brazil

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aliança Empreendedora, the Brazilian member of Youth Business International which has supported 19,000 low income microentrepreneurs, we have compiled 10 arguments...

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Ten Reasons Why Everyone Can Be an Entrepreneur

(1) Comments | Posted 13 May 2015 | (13:35)

By Caroline Appel, Luisa Bonin and Andrew Devenport


Bike entrepreneur Edinaldo Souza, in Curitiba, southern Brazil.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Aliança Empreendedora, the Brazilian member of Youth Business International which has supported 19,000 low income microentrepreneurs, we...

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Bringing Entrepreneurial Thinking to the UAE

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2015 | (17:43)

A chance meeting with a visiting government minister of Kenya last week outlined to me just how much of a global meeting point the United Arab Emirates really is.

I was sitting in the offices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, overlooking the Dubai Creek where trade between...

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Creating Connections, Creating Jobs

(0) Comments | Posted 16 November 2014 | (20:40)

As CEO of a global network, I'm a firm believer in the strength of global connectivity - what people can learn, and achieve, when they connect with people from different countries.

Today's successful entrepreneurs are thinking like this, too. An entrepreneur now can start up a business in the UK...

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Confidence and Coordination: The Key to Italy's Young Business Leaders

(0) Comments | Posted 29 October 2014 | (14:26)

As the UK economy picks up and unemployment drops below pre financial crisis levels, so the tragedy still unfolding in southern Europe becomes starker.

In Spain, Italy, Greece and other southern European countries, there is no clear end in sight to the economic downturn. In Italy, Matteo Renzi's young government...

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Record-Breaking Year for Encouraging Enterprise

(0) Comments | Posted 25 November 2013 | (13:50)

One week, 3,200 events and over 300,000 participants. It's been a record-breaking Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 for the UK, with more people taking part in activities than ever before in the 10-year history of a week dedicated to enterprise in the country. From the Premier League Enterprise Challenge...

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Are We Shrugging Off Survival Mode and Gunning for Growth?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 November 2013 | (10:00)

You know things are starting to look up with the economy when debate turns to possible interest rate rises. With recent unemployment and GDP figures suggesting the long-awaited upturn may well be here, it was with great pleasure that we were able to announce, at the launch of...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week hits the 1,500 mark

(0) Comments | Posted 30 October 2013 | (10:33)

With less than a month to go until the most exciting week in the entrepreneurship calendar, I'm pleased to hear that the future looks bright for the next generation of U.K. enterprise, and that they remain the central force to the growth of our global economy. StartUp Britain...

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The Importance of Recognising Success

(0) Comments | Posted 1 October 2013 | (16:26)

Youth Business International's 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit has come to an end after seeing more than 300 people from over 40 countries join together in London to discuss youth entrepreneurship with the aim of creating a blueprint for a global partnership.

The Summit culminated with the announcement of the...

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When Collaboration Results in Sustainable Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted 13 September 2013 | (15:23)

As world leaders gathered last week for the G20 Leaders' Summit in Russia, it emphasised the importance of countries coming together, particularly in times of crisis. Alongside working to address critical issues such the crisis in Syria, the annual G20 Summit continues to present an opportunity to discuss...

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Challenging Times - Finance Is Not the Only Barrier for Ethnic Minority Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted 5 September 2013 | (17:20)

The recent 'Ethnic Minority Businesses and Access to Finance' report released by the Department for Communities and Local Government highlights some of the challenges faced by aspiring entrepreneurs from ethnic minorities when seeking financial support to start up a business. The report states that ethnic minority groups have significant aspirations...

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Giving Your Time Can Harness Business Potential and Create a Legacy

(0) Comments | Posted 6 August 2013 | (21:33)

Do you remember that one teacher or guide who made a positive and lasting impact on your life? If you have ever provided support or advice based on your own life experiences, you have been a mentor to someone. And everyone needs a mentor. Aristotle mentored Alexander the Great; Martin...

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Worldwide Enterprise Knowledge - Sharing Is Key to Tackling Youth Unemployment

(0) Comments | Posted 12 July 2013 | (22:26)

Over the next decade 1.2billion young people will enter the job market globally. But potentially only 300million jobs will be available.

The youth unemployment debate has topped UK agendas in recent months. While there has been a slight decline, almost one million 16-24 year olds were out of work...

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Is Now a Good Time to Start a Business?

(0) Comments | Posted 14 November 2012 | (23:00)

In today's uncertain economic climate, aspiring entrepreneurs would be forgiven for thinking that it is too risky and too complicated to start up their own business.

Yet, as Global Entrepreneurship Week takes place, it is clear that this is not necessarily the case - and in fact now...

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Funding and Mentoring: A Golden Couple?

(0) Comments | Posted 7 November 2012 | (18:20)

There were two significant recent pieces of news for young people in the UK interested in becoming entrepreneurs. Firstly, ONS data shows that youth unemployment has improved slightly, with the percentage of young people out of work dropping to 20.5% in the three months to August, from 21.8% the quarter...

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