Access to Finance for the Young Enterprises
Selection of the Right Youngsters to Run A Business
Inclusiveness of (Young) Women in Women Unfriendly Areas
Fruitful Mentor System
Smart Models / Tools for Young Enterprises
On Rural Hub-Making
Most Promising Initiatives
How to attract rural mentors? Paid or not paid? What is their interest? Mentors on content or skills?
Peer-to-peer exchange “is the future” when providing support to rural social entrepreneurs, UnLtd Tamil Nadu, India (http://unltdtamilnadu.org/2016/05/09/5-lessons- learned-from-social-entrepreneurship/)
Coaching from well-trained and paid staff members (Enterprise Uganda), former participants (program in Kenya), or existing entrepreneurs (Tanzania Gatsby Trust) offers additional guidance for entrepreneurs to better understand the market and navigating challenges they might face, while linking real-life experiences to the theoretical training offered by the programs. This component can increase the effectiveness of programs by reducing in-class training received, and increasing the tailored one-on-one support for entrepreneurs.
Caution on the selection of mentors: "In Kenya, the G-Youth project sought out elders and religious leaders to help mentor youth. This strategy has had mixed results. A youth volunteer with the project notes that, “the danger is that community elders have a lot of power, especially in Kenya. They may see our project as wanting to turn youth against traditions. If that’s the case, they will stand up against the project.”” (Source: EQUIP3 2003-2012 Lessons Learned http://idd.edc.org/sites/idd.edc.org/files/EQUIP3%20 Lessons%20Learned%20-%20Book_0.pdf