Y-BECA BIH FSCV Partnership
In an effort to curb the ever growing levels of youth unemployment, Botswana Innovation Hub, through its First Steps Venture Centre (FSVC) has partnered with The Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation to run a 12 week innovation and entrepreneurship programme aimed at combatting youth unemployment and supporting unemployed youth to establish sustainable businesses.
Y-BECA Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation is a non-profit organisation that seeks to address the economic challenges faced by unemployed youth through educating them about innovation and entrepreneurship, and giving them the tools and guidance to help create their own enterprises. The foundation was established by a Motswana woman, Boi Kgathi Rasmussen in the Netherlands and was recently successfully launched in South Africa. “The innovation and entrepreneurship programme was created by entrepreneurs and business professional within the Foundation’s networks as well as an entrepreneurship academic at the Amsterdam Business School of the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands,” she states.
The founder enlisted another Motswana in the diaspora, Francisco Malesela Kgoboko to bring the programme to Botswana where they have partnered with Botswana Innovation Hub to tackle the country’s rising youth unemployment. The Foundation plans to run its first program in Botswana with 60 students, starting in June 2017.
“We are very excited to have this world-class initiative under our roof. We are always on the lookout for innovative approaches to further support our mandate at the Innovation Hub. Not only does Y-BECA bring a successful and much needed program, but also an international network,” says FSVC Manager Obakeng Segwagwe.