Supporting Spaces for Youth Entrepreneurship: Are we Sustaining or Undercutting the Entrepreneurial

Hubs, Co-working and maker spaces are becoming the place to support young people in entrepreneurship. They are often locally owned, privately owned social enterprises, and are increasingly used to support business development services as well as creating access to civic space and economic opportunities for youth.

This panel will address three challenges: whether INGO’s starting hubs kick starts or undercut the existing entrepreneurial ecosystem; the opportunities of working with various supply chain actors in rural areas to create spaces for youth livelihoods; and whether bottom up approaches to creating sustainable spaces can thrive as new funders come in with money and resources.

Using a 20 question approach, we aim to explore questions of sustainability and efficacy in these emerging youth entrepreneurship spaces.


Rediet Abiy, Head of Programs, Aatoun International

Samuel Aboagye, Hub Manager, SOS Children's Villages Ghana

Ahmed Sameh, Program Manager, HIVOS