Young Entrepreneurs Initiative in India

Each year, as many as 12 million young people in India enter the labor market seeking jobs that can support themselves and their families. However, the Indian economy only creates about one million new jobs in the formal sector every year.

Young Entrepreneurs Initiative in India

In 2012, MasterCard Foundation and the International Youth Foundation and the Community Collective Society for Integrated Development (CCFID), launched Young Entrepreneurs, a program designed to address the urgent need to increase support for youth entrepreneurs in India.

The Young Entrepreneurs Initiative aims to address the challenge of the 12 million young people unemployment India. The two-year initiative aimed to provide 700 youth ages 15 to 29 with multi-faceted support to launch or grow their own small enterprises. The program, which operated in Delhi and Mumbai, included business and life skills training, access to financial capital through a revolving loan fund, ongoing technical assistance and links to mentors in the business community.


  • MasterCard Foundation

    United States | Staff size: 51-100

    The MasterCard Foundation is an independent foundation based in Toronto, Canada with $10 billion in assets. Their vision is to create the opportunity for all to learn and prosper. They promote...

  • International Youth Foundation

    Implementing NGO
    United States | Staff size: 101-250

    The International Youth Foundation (IYF) prepares young people to be healthy, productive, and engaged citizens.

    They are passionate in their belief that educated, employed,...

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Key Information

LocationIndia, South Asia
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2014
  • Sectors