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Creating a network of young leaders

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VIDEO: Antony Jenkins asks the panel "Can entrepreneurialism be taught?"

Entrepreneurship was the focus of Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins’ session at the 2014 One Young World Summit in Dublin. The annual event brings together young people from around the world to debate and discuss solutions for the pressing issues facing the world today.

Antony has featured as a One Young World Counsellor since 2011 and this year he chaired a session that welcomed some of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs to the stage. The Q&A session focused on the role entrepreneurs can play to drive economic growth, tackle youth unemployment and the financial sector’s responsibility to support entrepreneurs.


VIDEO: Antony asks the panel what one piece of advice they would give

Looking back on his day he talked about entrepreneurship as an engine for economic growth saying:

This ties into a much broader agenda for Barclays and one that I am very passionate about. We are uniquely placed to nurture the development of start-ups and businesses, not only through financing and product propositions, but crucially through the knowledge and thought leadership for which we are already becoming recognised.

The summit agenda is a mix of plenary sessions, special sessions and keynote speeches, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. The six plenary sessions of the summit looked at Education, Global Business, Human Rights, Leadership & Government and Peace and Conflict. Each featured speeches given by counsellors and selected delegates, and were then followed by interactive sessions with delegates in the audience.

The delegates are encouraged to go back into their companies or local communities and bring positive change by either establishing or joining initiatives that further promote the aims of One Young World. Barclays sent 50 delegates and Antony challenged them to use this unique platform to come up with ideas to drive social impact alongside commercial returns, and looks forward to seeing their proposals implemented across Barclays and our wider communities. The delegates receive on-going support from Barclays though our Social Innovation Facility.

At Barclays, a group of previous One Young World delegates has collaborated with other colleagues to design Barclays Launchpad. This resulted in the creation of School for Start Ups, which was a competition similar to Dragon’s Den that gave social enterprises the opportunity to pitch for funding. The winners of this have gone on to experience significant exposure and expansion. Other past delegates have also launched Base Budget, which offers practical and free financial knowledge, along with money management and budgeting skills, to individuals and families in South Africa, Malawi, Gambia and Kenya.

With an audience of the most socially engaged and aspirational young people from all over the world, the summits are an opportunity to create a network of young leaders who can work together to create powerful, positive movements for change within businesses and communities globally.

VIDEO: Antony Jenkins full speech
VIDEO: Watch the full panel discussion
About One Young World

Barclays has partnered with One Young World since 2010. In 2013 we became their first Strategic Partner, providing core support and driving growth on a long-term basis that aids One Young World’s ultimate goal of effecting mass positive change. This is a mutually beneficial relationship resulting from aligned values. The initiative is strongly aligned to our Citizenship agenda, which is core to our business strategy and underpins our purpose and values.

Entrepreneurship is a vital component of a successful economy. We are committed to supporting businesses to start-up and grow, and as part of this are supporting Global Entrepreneurship Week (17-23 November).

VIDEO: All about One Young World
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