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Accelerate 2030- Promoting Youth-led social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship offers not only a path for young people to transform their own lives, but also a way to empower others. We believe that young social entrepreneurs have a key role to play in contributing to the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They are increasingly using innovative business approaches to respond to today’s challenges and tomorrow’s problems.
However, social entrepreneurs need a favorable and enabling business ecosystem to thrive and to bring their impact to scale. These entrepreneurial ecosystems require the collaboration of different stakeholders as well as specific interventions and programmes supporting innovations to scale particularly in the rapidly growing area of social entrepreneurship.
Supporting young social entrepreneurs is at the heart of both ITC’s Youth and Trade Programme and the Impact Hub network. Since 2016, ITC and Accelerate2030 have been collaborating to offer selected ventures expertise, advisory and global visibility. In the context of ITC’s annual World Export Development Forum (WEDF), A2030 ventures had the opportunity to pitch for investments into their business.
Following a joint ITC/A2030 event during the UNGA in New York in September 2018, the Youth and Trade programme and Accelerate2030 are keen to strengthen the current collaboration to further support impact-driven entrepreneurs from developing countries that contributes in achieving SDGs.
Building on the lessons learnt from the current collaboration and considering the resources and expertise ITC and A2030 can bring to targeted entrepreneurs, three main objectives of the forthcoming collaboration have been established:
- Enhance the capacity of young social entrepreneurs to scale their impact through a targeted scale-readiness programme across 15+ countries and an international scaling programme.
- Strengthen the methodology and the capacity of national implementing partners (Impact Hubs) to provide support to entrepreneurs to scale their impact internationally.
- Improve the business environment for young social entrepreneurs in their respective countries.
- Deploy the learning content to other partners and young entrepreneurs to showcase the importance of social entrepreneurship as a good driver to achieve SDGs

Expected impact

A direct impact of this initiative will be on fostering employment and revenue generation for young social entrepreneurs in the corresponding countries of the programme. It will also improve access to investment and generate role models for younger generations. By making these young social entrepreneurs more competitive and visible, there is also a direct contribution to the SDGs in their respective field of intervention and it can inspire, on the longer term, other young people to follow their paths.


Goal 4
4.4 - By 2030, substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship
4.5 - By 2030, eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities, indigenous peoples and children in vulnerable situations
Goal 8
8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value
8.6 - By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training
Staff / Technical expertise
ITC and A2030 staff along with partners
Basic information
Start: 08 September, 2018
Completion: 31 December, 2021
International Trade Centre (United Nations / Multilateral body)
International Trade Centre (lead entity, United Nations / Multilateral body technical assistance partner), Impact Hub Geneva,/Accelerate2030 (initiator, NGO)
Initiative focused on COVID-19 pandemic response, prevention and recovery efforts
Not specified
Geographical coverage
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficiaries
Contact information
Riefqah Jappie, ITC Representative to the UN, New York, jappie@intracen.org,
New York, USA
United Nations