The Portal-Platform addresses four main pillars of the entrepreneurship ecosystem: Information, Mentorship, Funding and Network, UNECA said on Monday.
“Africa’s entrepreneurial space is advancing rapidly - however, success stories are often isolated and commonly found only on the national or regional level”, said Lamin Momodou Manneh, UNDP’s Regional Director.
“In North and West Africa, Nigeria and Egypt are taking a lead role while other localities remain marginalized. Youth for Africa and Sustainable Development Goals will help to scale up these efforts across the region, and the entire continent, to improve on the individual achievements and make them collective.”
Youth for Africa and Sustainable Development Goals otherwise called YAS is an initiative of UNDP, developed by its Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) and powered by Accenture, that aims to connect entrepreneurs to the resources they need to develop and grow their ideas or businesses.
Users can interact on the platform, leveraging features such as learning, an ecosystem map, and information around opportunities for funding youth development.
“Youth entrepreneurship is very important to the growth of the African economies. The more youth are empowered to create sustainable businesses, the more jobs are created, said Rory Moore, Liquid Studio Director and Innovation Lead, Accenture Africa.
The YAS! Platform is committed to empowering youth with skills, funding and mentorship support to help African youth grow.