Here is the YouStart Portal and how to apply for the YouStart Ghana Initiative.
The Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) will provide training to 50,000 youth and deploy financial support to 5,000 selected youth who successfully undergo training up to the intermediate level.
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About YouStart Portal
- The Ghana Enterprises Agency (GEA) is tasked with the implementation of the Entrepreneurship Training and Grant Support under Component 2.1 of the World Bank Funded Ghana Jobs and Skills Project (GJSP).
- The Project is aimed at supporting skills development and job creation in Ghana.
What Does YouStart Offer
- Training: YouStart Offers Skill Development, Entrepreneurial Support and Business Advisory Services
- Funding: It Offers access to Credit facility and Starter Packs
- Enterprise Promotion: It offers mentoring and access to markets, to facilitate business cooperation between youth- led enterprises, other businesses and Government agencies.
About YouStart Entrepreneurship Training
- The GEA will provide entrepreneurship training to about 50,000 youth and early adults who have the potential to start a business.
- This will be done through Three levels of entrepreneurship training as follows: basic, intermediate, and advanced.
Nature Of YouStart Entrepreneurship Training
- The training will be based on standardized, quality-assured packages in different locations nationwide. All training will be delivered using an experiential participatory approach conducive for adult learning and will also be district based and non-residential.
- Also advanced training participants will receive mentoring and coaching support, which encompasses guidance to prepare business plans, meet business registration and licensing requirements, and connect with input and output markets. Short duration internship, mentoring and guidance sessions would be arranged for some selected beneficiaries.
About YouStart Competitive Business Start-up Grants
- The Business Start-up Grants will provide financial support to selected youth who successfully undergo training up to the intermediate level.
- The Business Start-up Grants will be available to individuals and self-formed groups, majority-owned by Ghanaians, with high potential to succeed in business, and operating in any of the non-resource-based sectors.
The start-up grants will be given for the following:
YouStart Portal Requirements – Eligibility Criteria
The following category of youth are targeted: