BARBADOS YOUTH BUSINESS TRUST REPRESENTED AT GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONGRESS
Speaking at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2015 held in Milan, Italy, Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) General Manager Cardell Fergusson, stated that more support needs to be given for young persons wishing to start and grow their own businesses.
As an invited feature speaker at the four-day event, Ms. Fergusson, shared her experiences at the BYBT, an organisation dedicated to supporting some of Barbados’ most promising young entrepreneurs.
The four day event held between March 16 and 19, 2015, brought together entrepreneurship leaders from more than 150 countries to share innovative ideas and best practices on how to better support young entrepreneurs. The gathering offered a rich collection of content, and brought together diverse elements of the world’s leading entrepreneurship communities.
Youth unemployment is a long standing problem in Barbados and throughout much of the Caribbean. In a study commissioned by the ILO Caribbean Office it was estimated that some 404,000 persons (15% of the region’s total labour force) was unemployed, 51% of which were between the ages of 15-24 years.
Alongside startup leaders from Uganda, Italy, Canada and UK, Ms. Fergusson, shared her extensive knowledge, having been in the field of youth entrepreneurship for over 16 years, on the special needs of young entrepreneurs and how to take promising but unemployed youth from the point of initial engagement to successful business owners.
“Young entrepreneurs need to be CRISP: Courageous, Resilient, Independent, Self-confident and Passionate,” said Ms. Fergusson as she encouraged fellow participants to seize every opportunity available for their personal and professional growth.
The Global Entrepreneurship Congress, hosted by the Kauffman Foundation is the premier inter-disciplinary meeting of start-up champions from around the world – where investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, thought leaders and policy makers work together to improve the entrepreneurial landscape, bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and empower entrepreneurs to action their ideas and fulfil their potential.
The Barbados Youth Business Trust, a leading member of the Youth Business International network, remains committed to helping young people turn their gre
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