Youth Business International

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...
Rather than looking for similarities and differences between different countries, personally I'd rather hear about how entrepreneurs in different countries are being brought together and how knowledge, skills and opportunities are being shared across national borders which, let's face it, in this global, digital world don't actually mean that much.
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.
Almost half a million businesses have been set up in the UK so far this year. That proves there is a huge amount of entrepreneurial spirit in this country. I was delighted to mark Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) with the announcement of the 10,000th loan awarded by the government-funded Start-Up Loans, of which I am chairman.We've lent £51million to entrepreneurs in under 18 months, ensuring people who are passionate about business can play their part in reviving the economy and creating jobs. But GEW has also reminded me why I want to challenge Britons to do even better.
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.
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.
As world leaders gathered last week for the G20 Leaders' Summit in Russia, it emphasised the importance of countries coming
"Mentoring" might not be a glossy word but it is a word and a movement which is growing in prominence and significance - especially in business circles.
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.
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.
Schemes that offer mentorship and funding coupled together, can help open up entrepreneurship to young people from all backgrounds.
With the whole world so focused on how to bring about growth, the fact that the next step for me is to take my foot of the accelerator for a while might seem counterintuitive.
When you start out you don't know about training or how to get publicity for your company, or how to infiltrate business networks. Because I know what it's like to be in that position, I can guide others who are now where I was when I first took the plunge.
While I do believe entrepreneurs can be made, rather than being born to do it, there are some personality traits I think it is vital people who are setting up their own business have. Patience and determination are at the top of my list.
There's no doubt it's a tough time to be a young person. With the world economy continuing to falter, uncertainty is everywhere and prospects for school and university leavers look bleak. But I think now, more than ever, we need to have confidence in, and encourage, young people.
Yet more news about people having low job satisfaction this week. Not for the first time, I count myself lucky that after