Event: Conference on Fostering Entrepreneurial Youth

Date: 11 - 13 November 2014
Place: UNIDO Headquarters, Vienna, Austria,C1, 2nd floor, C-building (C04)
Organizer: United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)


Today’s youth are tomorrow’s drivers of entrepreneurial activity in their communities, regions and countries. An increasing number of governments worldwide recognize the importance of investing in an entrepreneurship culture among young people, a crucial foundation for any sustainable and dynamic private sector.   

How can education systems and the private sector most effectively promote entrepreneurial attitudes and talent in youth? In order to address this question, the conference on Fostering Entrepreneurial Youth was held by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with support from the Government of Japan.


The Conference’s diverse and dynamic group of speakers, panelists, education officials and practitioners provided an in-depth insight and refreshing wealth of perspectives, which will lead to new approaches in fostering entrepreneurial youth.

This knowledge-exchange is expected to help governments to develop and improve entrepreneurship curricula and learning initiatives.  

Specifically, participants discussed the following:

   • How can entrepreneurial activities contribute to a country’s economic transformation? 
   • What are the ways to equip teachers with skills that foster youth entrepreneurship? 
   • How to assess the effectiveness of a country’ entrepreneurship curriculum programme vis-à-vis its development objectives? 
   • How can the private sector contribute to improving the quality of entrepreneurship education and training? 

UNIDO organized five sessions over three days.

For the Vienna Conclusions please go here

For the agenda of the Conference, please go here

For the presentations of the conference, please go here

For a list of participants, please go here

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