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Exploring the impacts of volunteer business mentoring on young entrepreneurs

Commissioned by Youth Business International

The Centre for Enterprise and Economic Development Research (CEEDR) and the Department of Leadership, Work and Organisations (LWO) at Middlesex University have secured a global research project with Youth Business International (YBI). Commencing in January 2016, the project is expected to run until at least mid-2017.

This project will evaluate how volunteer business mentoring assists young entrepreneurs, both in terms of their business start-up and development as well as their personal growth and entrepreneurial journey, and will inform the YBI's Global Growth Strategy.

The longitudinal project will involve YBI's global network of 46 independent non-profit initiatives spanning 42 countries, which provide integrated support to under-served young entrepreneurs. It is expected to deliver high quality academic outputs and have a global impact on youth entrepreneurship policy and practice.

Six academics from CEEDR  and LWO make up the core research team, including Dr Julie Haddock-Millar (Principal Investigator), Dr Leandro Sepulveda (Co-Principal Investigator), Dr Robyn Owen (Co-Investigator), Chandana Sanyal (Co-Investigator) and Prof Stephen Syrett (Project Director)

YBI, which is the only dedicated global youth entrepreneurship practitioner, has committed to an evidence-led approach to meet its growth target to support 100,000 young entrepreneurs globally per year by 2020.