Written by YAS for the SDG Bulletin South Africa (June 2018)


On 26 June 2018, at the second Responsible Business Forum in South Africa, UNDP in partnership with Accenture launched YAS – a portal-platform for Africa’s young entrepreneurs. The portal-platform supports the development and growth of youth entrepreneurship in Africa by providing the following pillars of support:

  • LEARN – Learning to help entrepreneurs begin their journey by providing the answers to the key concepts relevant to enterprise development.
  • ECOSYSTEM MAP – An eco-system map so entrepreneurship stakeholders across the board – from corporates to entrepreneurs – can locate the different entrepreneurial eco-system service providers.
  • CHALLENGES – Challenges to award financing for youth to develop or scale and implement their innovations to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as defined by the United Nations. The SDGs focus on ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring that all people everywhere enjoy peace and prosperity.
  • OPPORTUNITIES – Opportunities to learn more about funding and networking relevant for the entrepreneurship ecosystem.