On 2 November 2020, the Youth at Heart Virtual Forum took place. This was exciting virtual event organised by the Dutch ministry of Foreign Affairs where several interesting and pressing Youth-related topics were discussed. During the event 1700+ participants from over 100 countries joined 23 sessions that over 75 organisations have organised.
In the run-up to this event, Orange Corners organised several virtual pre-sessions on several relevant Youth topics in the week before the main event.
Check out some key-take outs of these sessions below:
Female entrepreneurship: The key to global economic development
- Cultural barriers need to be bridged, they are persistent and require several cultural shifts.
- Education institutes need to implement and improve entrepreneurship education from a young age.
- There is a need for a contextual approach to solving the barriers for female entrepreneurship
Green and social enterprises in the MENA-region
- Social entrepreneurship should be the norm as it provides more inclusive solutions
- A Green MENA can be achieved through collaboration and partnership
- We need to look for solutions tailored to the communities
Bridging the finance gap for young entrepreneurs in West Africa
- governments and financial institutions need to do more to support young entrepreneurs financially
- Entrepreneurship education needs to be improved in order to improve the investment readiness of startups
National Startup policies, the role of youth & the international community
- Practical and inclusive policies need to consider the voices of the youth
- Young people need to be included in policy making process start to finish
- Policy for youth which is not understood by the youth is bad policy