Youth Entrepreneurship Conference

This cross-sectoral conference will build on the outcomes of the YOUTH@WORK Kick off Conference zooming on the opportunities and challenges surrounding youth entrepreneurship.

The emphasis of the conference will be on the cooperation between formal and non-formal (youth work) education providers, employment, social & business sectors, (social) entrepreneurs, and other stakeholders. It will showcase achievements, recommendations, good practices as well as future plans inspired by the outcomes of the conference to be taken up by the Youth@Work Partnership.

The conference will be gathering experts with global mindsets ready to make a change in their own communities first. You will be visiting the Young Entrepreneurship Center of Mersin University, which is the newest model in the Turkish entrepreneurial ecosystem, among four centers run by State Universities.

YOUTH@WORK Partnership

In 2018, a consortium of 11 Erasmus+Youth in Action National Agencies (NAs), 4 SALTO-YOUTH Resource Centres and the Resource Center for the European Solidarity Corps decided to take a new approach to support employability and entrepreneurship amongst young people and professionals. They, therefore, created the Youth@Work Strategic Partnership on Youth Employability and Entrepreneurship, with the aim to better address these areas by working collaboratively, based on a common strategy.

Youth@Work is an alliance of the NAs of Turkey (the leading NA), Cyprus, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Republic of North Macedonia, Spain, and the UK, with the support of the SALTO-YOUTH Eastern Europe and Caucasus (Poland), SALTO-YOUTH Euromed and Good Practices (France), SALTO-YOUTH South East Europe (Slovenia) and SALTO-YOUTH Training and Cooperation (Germany) Resource Centres, as well as the Resource Centre for the European Solidarity Corps. It runs from January 2018 to December 2020, when the Erasmus+ Programme ends.

Objectives of the conference:

  1. Create a space for the actors of the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem from various countries from the European Union and Partner neighbouring countries to meet and learn from one another.

  2. Discover the local context of Turkey and bring innovative solutions to the challenges young entrepreneurs face.

  3. Come up with new collaboration ideas, network, share knowledge and good practices.

Date: 3-7 December 2019

Participating countries: Youth in Action Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

We will be represented by one of our co-founders on the conference.