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Entrepreneurs Around the Globe Urge G20 Leaders to Put Youth Entrepreneurship at the Forefront …

As G20 leaders prepare for their 2013 Russian Summit, 18 Canadians were among more than 400 young entrepreneurs from G20 countries calling on them to promote youth entrepreneurship as a powerful response to some of the most significant challenges faced by today’s global economy.

The G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, a network of young entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them, held its fourth annual Summit in Moscow from June 15-17.

Eighteen Canadians brought the voice of fellow young entrepreneurs to the Summit discussions and to additional meetings with International Trade Minister Ed Fast, Canadian Ambassador, John Sloan, and members of the Russian-Canadian business community. The names of the Canadian delegates from coast-to-coast and their comments on the Summit experience follows.

The Alliance’s communiqué highlights opportunities for government and business to harness the potential of young entrepreneurs to create jobs, economic growth and competiveness, and to spur innovation and social change.

Supported by the Summit deliberations and in-depth research reports from two of the world’s leading management consulting companies – Accenture and Ernst & Young – the Summit communiqué calls on Canadians and other G20 leaders to collectively seize upon four opportunities to expand youth entrepreneurship:
1- Increase access to finance and financial products and services for start-ups;
2- Ensure that labour, immigration and other regulations and laws are transparent, easily understood, and support rather than hinder entrepreneurs
3- Invest in educational and other programs to equip young people with knowledge and skills they can use to build businesses and create innovation, growth and prosperity; and
4- Provide the digital infrastructure and services that young entrepreneurs need to access government services and to build local and international networks. Read more

Who to blame, for the plight of Britain’s young

Blame austerity, not old people, for the plight of Britain’s young.
We are governed by charlatans. The scale of economic mismanagement of our country is too little understood. We connive in epic mistakes and unnecessary suffering, legitimised by a suffocating and destructive economic consensus whose analytic underpinnings are in shreds – and known to be in shreds. Who cares for the condition of Britain or its people?

The facts are brutal. By 2018, 10 years after the financial crisis began, our GDP will be, cumulatively, 16% lower than it would have been had the crisis not broken. Only war has provoked such a discontinuity in our growth performance in modern times. This is imposing incredible and growing hardship on everybody, except for a few. Average incomes have fallen by 7% from their peak. You can see the effects in any high street. It’s a world where good jobs are scarce, half a million rely on food banks, zero-hour contracts mushroom and the future is dark.

jobThe young are at the centre of this maelstrom. Between 2008 and 2012, the Institute of Fiscal Studies reports that average incomes for people in their 20s fell by 12% – the largest of any group. The reason is not hard to find: there has been a collapse in demand for their labour. Firms, fearful for their own future, are not offering first “entry” jobs on any scale, let alone promoting and giving opportunity to the young they do employ. A quarter of firms offer no entry jobs at all. One in five 16- to 24-year-olds is without work. Read more

The first National Youth Film Festival

A nationwide programme of free film screenings and activities has been planned for the first National Youth Film Festival later this year. The festival aims to give children aged five to 19 the chance to learn about film making and the film industry.

All UK schools and youth groups will have the opportunity to take pupils to the cinema free of charge.

Young-filmmakerThe project is being delivered by Film Nation UK, a new charity for film education.
The BFI is investing £26m of lottery funding over the next four years to deliver the initiatives.

The money will be invested over four years, which education charity FilmClub said is the largest investment in film education so far in this country.

The charity said the money is aimed at ensuring every five to 19 year-old in the UK has the opportunity to receive film education. As part of the new film festival, young people will be able to attend screening and take part in interactive workshops and Q&A sessions with industry professionals.

Teachers will also be able to use the screenings for educational purposes to coincide with topics in the curriculum.

Boasting a board of trustees of leading industry figures, it is lead by Working Title’s Eric Fellner and also includes James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, director Beeban Kidron and BBC journalist and presenter Samira Ahmed.

The festival will run from 21 October to 8 November. More information