Nine out of ten entrepreneurs prefer Global Entrepreneurship Week

Its official - Global Entrepreneurship Week changes lives.

This year Youth Business International, the organisers of Global Entrepreneurship Week in the UK, in partnership with Barclays, set out to prove the difference that the campaign makes to thousands of people.

In 2012 the campaign reached 279,500 young people, passing on the practical help and support needed by early start-ups and individuals who are considering taking the plunge.

We asked participants to tell us what effect the week had had on them, and we were astonished by the results:

  • 92% of those people attending events said that as a result of Global Entrepreneurship Week, they would be taking steps towards their entrepreneurial goal. That’s over a quarter of a million people!

  • Of those people who were not yet entrepreneurs, 64% said that they were more positive about entrepreneurship and the idea of starting up their own business.

  • And 25% of participants - or 70,000 people - said that as a result of attending events during Global Entrepreneurship Week, they had developed or acquired a new entrepreneurial skill.

Andrew Devenport, Chief Executive of Youth Business International, said: “These results shows the amazing effect that Global Entrepreneurship Week can have on people, whether they have already started up a business or had never even thought of becoming an entrepreneur.”

We’d like to thank all the hundreds of partner organisations who got involved in 2012 and made it such a powerful week.”

YBI also runs the campaign in Barbados, Belize, Bhutan, Canada, Dominica, India, Paraguay, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda and Ukraine via its global network of non-profit initiatives helping young entrepreneurs.

For more information on the UK campaign in 2012, and to read a full evaluation report, please visit


Note: Youth Business International gained responses from 2,300 participants across the UK during and immediately after Global Entrepreneurship Week. The responses were partially gathered on-line and partially gathered face-to-face.