Andrew Devenport
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Andrew is Chief Executive of Youth Business International (YBI) and leads the global network’s efforts to help more young entrepreneurs start up in 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.

He 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.

Each year, YBI runs the YBI Entrepreneur of the Year competition. It aims to highlight and celebrate the important contributions that young entrepreneurs make to society through creating jobs and bringing new products and services to communities. The competition, run in partnership with Barclays, is structured to recognise the achievements of young entrepreneurs of all types and sizes across the world, from multinational businesses with a million dollar turnover to small environmental start ups with great ideas.

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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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