Initiatives: G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance

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The G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) is a collective of organizations across theG20 countries that work to promote and advance entrepreneurship. Alliance members represent more than 500,000 young entrepreneurs and Futurpreneur Canada, is proud to be the official Canadian member. Additional information on the Alliance can be found at


Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) which took place in 2010 in Toronto, member countries agreed to form a new collective of leading entrepreneurially-minded organizations representing the G20 countries.

The G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance met in Seoul, Korea in November 2010 to create and sign a charter document outlining ways to encourage the G20 to include entrepreneurship in its agenda, while also committing to share best practices with each member country in order to help build supportive entrepreneurial environments worldwide.

The Alliance was founded as a movement to engage the G20 leaders in the cause of youth entrepreneurship, share information across borders, affect positive policy change and create a global network of young entrepreneur advocates while building a collaborative entrepreneurial environment worldwide.

How Does it Work?

Each year, the G20 YEA brings together hundreds of the world’s top young entrepreneurs and key knowledge partners at an international Summit to share ideas and catalyze global change. At this Summit, the Alliance issues a communiqué that is a call to action for G20 governments to focus upon entrepreneurship as a driver of economic growth, innovation and social change. Read the 2016 communique here.

The G20 YEA then works throughout the year to get the communiqué recommendations on the radar of G20 and B20 leaders (the G20 YEA is proud to be an official networking partner of the B20) and to share these recommendations widely within their countries.

Canada’s G20 Leader is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and our G20 Sherpa is Vincent Rigby, Assistant Deputy Minister, Global Affairs Canada. In 2016, Canadian delegates met with Prime Minister Trudeau while on their trip and participated in roundtables with Vincent Rigby and other leaders.