Leadership Links connecting youth in the Americas

The YABT Leadership Links program provides the opportunity to share experiences, international missions and exchanges, and generates competitiveness to empower young leaders and entrepreneurs. Through the YABT, youths are afforded access to participate in international conferences, congresses, high level political events, and visits to prestigious and historic institutions.

Entrepreneurship was the central topic during the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings, in Lima. As part of Leadership Links, thousands of young entrepreneurs were invited to be part of the “Road to Lima” Global Dialogue on ‘Young Entrepreneurs: Drivers of Sustainable Growth’ in cooperation with the World Bank Group.

YABT, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we awarded two winners of “Demand Solutions: Ideas for Improving Lives in Cities”, a hemispheric entrepreneurship competition. During this event, some finalists of the most important competition of the Americas (TIC Americas) participated.

YABT partnered with the IDB, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and WIPO for a project in the Caribbean, REACH. Working on an Intellectual Property Commercialization Platform for entrepreneurs in the Caribbean.

Startup Weekend and NextPhenom are other international level training hubs part of YABT’s networks. “Startup Weekend: make an impact in 54 hours” was held in Trinidad and Tobago.  Startup Weekend provided entrepreneurs a space to work on as a team, validate concept ideas, build a viable product. Nex tPhenom Symposium took place in The Bahamas. It gathered young entrepreneurs from all over the Caribbean in an effort to highlight a new technology that promotes amateur athletes through the NextPhenom mobile technolgy.

In collaboration with Latin Trade, IDB, and MTV; YABT supported the international symposium, “Young Agents of Change: The New Face of Innovation and Talent in Latin America”. Held in Miami, this event brought together young entrepreneurs from Latin America and paired them with experienced entrepreneurs and thought leaders to share best practices with globally known successful CEOs and entrepreneurs. The prestigious Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania collaborated with YABT to promote events for the winners of the Ideas 4 Action 2015 Competition.

In furthering global alliances, YABT participated in the exchange ofgood practices with the African Union. Additionally, YABT formed an alliance with Kookmin Univeristy, in Korea to facilitate the participants of Eco-Challenge 6.0 partake in a  two week training and business accelerator camp.

Collaborative efforts with the Organization of American States included: 45º OAS General Assembly, Migration and Civic Society Forums, and the consultation process for the Inter-American Education Agenda.