By Daniel Hunter

Youth Business International (YBI) has today (Friday) announced that London will host the 2013 Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit between 9-12 September.

The Summit, with lead sponsorship from Accenture and Barclays, will bring together 300 people from 50 countries across the world. Attendees include leaders from private sector, governments and non-profit organizations which are active in the youth entrepreneurship sector. The event is also supported by Goldman Sachs.

Under the theme of Business as Unusual, the Summit aims to demonstrate how to take advantage of the talents young entrepreneurs have to offer, and to catalyze a series of major partnerships that enable more young people to start their own business.

High-profile speakers on the event’s first day include:

· Pierre Nanterme, Chairman & CEO, Accenture
· Sir David Walker, Chairman, Barclays
· Arup Banerji, Global Director for Social Protection and Labor, World Bank
· Julie Meyer MBE, Founder & CEO, Ariadne Capital
· Mike Herrington, Executive Director, Global Entrepreneurship Monitor
· JP Rangaswami, Chief Scientist, Salesforce
· Jacques Attali, President, Planet Finance

The event will then break out into working and specialist sessions in the days that follow.

The Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit will culminate in Youth Business International’s Young Entrepreneur Awards on 12 September, which is a prestigious event recognizing the achievements of young entrepreneurs around the world who have been supported by YBI and its network members. This awards ceremony will be supported by Barclays.

Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive of Youth Business International, said of the event: “Youth unemployment is a hugely pressing global problem. Yet we know that entrepreneurship not only has the power to create jobs, but also to solve many of the issues currently faced by communities.

"To give these entrepreneurs the support they deserve, we need to be doing things differently — and that’s what the Global Youth Entrepreneurship Summit is all about. Over four days we’ll be showing why youth entrepreneurship matters, how young people are being helped to reach their goals and what could happen if we worked together, and we’ll leave with a tangible plan of action. It’s going to be a fantastic event that will have a real impact for years to come.”

“Participating in this important event underscores our commitment to helping young entrepreneurs develop skills,” said Pierre Nanterme, Chairman & CEO, Accenture. “With YBI, we are providing the improved tools, mentoring and training that create greater economic empowerment for these young people. Our goal is to advance innovation, competitiveness and rising standards of living, ultimately helping to strengthen communities around the world.”

Sir David Walker, Chairman, Barclays, said: “Empowering young people means fully equipping them for the world of work and business. With today’s globalized economy so competitive, fast moving and at times complex, it is not enough to rely solely on the education system to produce future entrepreneurs; the private sector has a major role to play. This Summit helps to bridge the gap between education, business and entrepreneurship, and comes at a time of real need in this area.”

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