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Andrew Devenport

Chief Executive Officer, Youth Business International

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.

Ten Reasons Why Everyone Can Be an Entrepreneur - part two

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 which deconstruct myths many people have about becoming an entrepreneur.
20/05/2015 11:29 BST

Ten Reasons Why Everyone Can Be an Entrepreneur

Eric Ries, in his book "The Lean Startup", states that mistakes are beneficial to the development process of a new business. However, he says that it is important to fail as soon as possible and to learn as quickly as possible! In other words, entrepreneurs should keep their failures small and should also eliminate them while they are not creating bigger problems..
13/05/2015 15:53 BST

Creating Connections, Creating Jobs

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.
17/11/2014 14:51 GMT

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

In a country where regional identities are so important, building networks that bring cross sector supporters of entrepreneurship closer together is particularly vital. Businesses are not built over night and they need a range of support to get them going in the right direction.
29/10/2014 15:33 GMT

Record-Breaking Year for Encouraging Enterprise

One week, 3,200 events and over 300,000 participants. It's been a record-breaking <a href="http://www.gew.org.uk/" target="_hplink">Global Entrepreneurship Week </a>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.
25/11/2013 22:12 GMT

Are We Shrugging Off Survival Mode and Gunning for Growth?

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 Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, that entrepreneurs agree a new era is afoot.
18/11/2013 11:28 GMT

Global Entrepreneurship Week hits the 1,500 mark

Making Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013 even more significant, this year will mark 10 years of a week in the U.K. dedicated to giving individuals and start ups the practical support to help them get set up and grow.
08/11/2013 15:21 GMT

The Importance of Recognising Success

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.
02/10/2013 11:58 BST

Worldwide Enterprise Knowledge - Sharing Is Key to Tackling Youth Unemployment

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 as of June 2013. Unemployment is demoralizing and damaging at any age but it is particularly detrimental for a generation seeking to start and build careers, and establish economic independence.
16/07/2013 12:22 BST

Is Now a Good Time to Start a Business?

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 could be the perfect time to consider setting up.
14/11/2012 17:23 GMT