Social entrepreneurship by young entrepreneurs (Group 3)

Open to everyone virtual Inclusive entrepreneurship Social entrepreneurship

What is the issue ?

Young people increasingly prioritise pursuing careers with positive social and environmental impacts. Social enterprises can help them fulfil this ambition. Youth-led social enterprises can address pressing social and environmental issues while providing young people with opportunities in the labour market. Despite these benefits, these entities often struggle due to the age of their founders and the specificities of their businesses. This workshop will explore how policy can support young people interested in pursuing social entrepreneurship.


The third workshop is part of a series of six thematic workshops under the YEPA initiative. Focusing on social entrepreneurship, this three-hour online workshop will explore three issues: i) defining social enterprises and social entrepreneurship, ii) addressing questions on accessing funding and finance for social projects led by youth and, iii) examining how the legal and regulatory environment can be leveraged to support young social entrepreneurs in their endeavours.

The workshop will feature insightful presentations from OECD work on social enterprises and social entrepreneurship, YEPA participants, and experts. There will be dedicated time for questions, debates and opportunities to share learnings and expertise to equip young entrepreneurs with knowledge, tools as well as practical insights to start and scale up their projects.


10:00 – 10:15 | Welcome by OECD, European Commission and Country Co-Host

10:15 – 10:45 | Panel discussion: What leads young entrepreneurs to pursue social entrepreneurship and how can policy help them with challenges

10:45 – 10:55 | Q&A

10:55 – 11:05 | Presentation on trends and developments in social entrepreneurship followed by Q&A

11:05 – 11:30 | Presentations on what young social entrepreneurs do and need followed by Q&A

11:30 – 11:45 | Break

11:45 – 12:15 | Simultaneous break-out group discussions: Navigating social entrepreneurship

  • Topic 1: Legal and regulatory environment for social entrepreneurship
  • Topic 2: Raising awareness of social entrepreneurship
  • Topic 3: Access to funding and finance for young social entrepreneurs

12:15 – 12:45 | Report back and group discussion

12:45 – 13:00 | Take-away lessons and next steps

Date and schedule

26 April 2024