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Training courses

YouthStart’s eight-day training courses are taught by two YouthStart trainers. Groups consist of 10 to 15 participants. The training course helps students develop entrepreneurial competences and attitudes with the aim of improving their chances in the labour market and expanding their outlook on life. Using their talents and dreams as a starting point, they develop a feasible and innovative business idea. This idea forms the basis for a marketing and financial plan. On the final day of the course, the students present their plan to an advisory board. Whether or not the business plan is carried out in practice is of secondary importance. The important thing is that they leave the course with an entrepreneurial mindset and the official YouthStart certificate!

Would you like to sign up for a YouthStart training course? Send us an email.

Certifications

On the final day of the course, the students present their plan to an audience and an advisory board. Their effort is rewarded with a certificate which is recognised by both the business and academic world. And deservedly so! The YouthStart certificate is proof of the participant’s practical business knowledge, positive attitude, creativity and perseverance.

Would you like to show your support for our students by attending a certificate presentation ceremony? Send us an email. We will be happy to look into our calendar to find an appropriate date and time.


Events

During the annual YouthStart Entrepreneurial Day, young people present their business plans to the public. Winning this entrepreneurial competition on a national level allows the YouthStart students to participate in international competitions. Our job fair gives students the opportunity to meet our sponsors. They may even have the opportunity to discuss their plans and dreams with Her Majesty Queen Mathilde…

The YouthStart Entrepreneurial Day will be held on 17 October. Would you like to attend? Then send us an email.

Competitions

YouthStart graduates have the opportunity to participate in three major annual competitions, starting with the National Business Plan Competition. This year, the competition will take place on 17 October during the YouthStart Entrepreneurial Day. Winners of the National Business Plan Competition qualify to take part in the European competition, and possibly even in NFTE’s annual Global Showcase, which generally takes place in New York. We don’t have to tell you what an incredible honour it is to be named Global Entrepreneur & Global Trainer of the Year!

 

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  • "YouthStart knows that each person has an entrepreneurial spirit; the question is how to unlock it. The quality of the training course is amazing! I would recommend it to everyone interested in self-development, working in business and other fields! The YouthStart training is quite confrontational and can be a bit overwhelming, especially at first. But the guidance provided by the inspiring trainers helps you to relax into the process and makes everything easy. Shouting, laughing, crying, not giving up, hallelujah – emotions like these make the course all the more intense. :-) Thanks to YouthStart, my presentation skills have improved and I’m a lot more focused. Every day in my work I apply the skills that I gained from YouthStart. If I, Wali Sediqi, can do it, so can you!”
    Wali Sediqi
    YouthStart alumnus
  • “At first I felt overwhelmed by the amount of information I had to process. But thanks to the excellent guidance provided by the motivated trainers, I began to see the wood for the trees. Slowly but surely my project started to take form. The fact that I’m deaf was not an obstacle, because I was able to get extra support where needed. I also found it increasingly easy to speak in front of an audience. It was also an opportunity for me to show that having a disability doesn’t need to hold you back. This was confirmed by the fact that I was selected for the National Final, and subsequently, by winning the Public Prize. This prize allowed me to prove myself on a European stage in Sofia. I firmly believe that if you are offered the opportunity to take part in a YouthStart course, you should jump at the chance. It opens doors in ways you’ve never imaged and allows you to grow in every sense.” Thank you YouthStart for all the opportunities!”
    Phebe Verstraeten
    YouthStart alumnus
  • "I enjoy teaching courses that inspire young people to think and act in an entrepreneurial manner and support them in their entrepreneurial endeavours. I help each participant recognise opportunities and contribute to enhancing their future career prospects. Being a trainer means working with young people on a personal level. I find this very inspiring!”
    Lydie Amici
    YouthStart trainster
  • “YouthStart has huge added value for us. YouthStart gives students a boost and builds their self-esteem, allowing them to dream bigger and pursue higher goals. All our teachers are very satisfied with how the collaboration with YouthStart has worked out.”
    Ludo Viaene
    Coordinator CLW Campus Petrus en Paulus Oostende
  • “Today’s generation of young people is facing unprecedented technological, social and economic changes. Young people need practical and versatile skills in order to be considered for meaningful jobs. The Citi Foundation focuses on training programmes that provide young people with support to link education to management skills. That’s why YouthStart is a strong partner for Citi Foundation in Belgium. By offering an efficient, effective and innovative training programme that gets young people excited about entrepreneurship and enables them to overcome obstacles and reach their full potential, YouthStart is in line with our ambitions.”
    Lars Seynaeve
    Citi Foundation
  • “It’s a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet the YouthStart trainers and learn more about their training methods. They offer high-quality work and our youth deserve to benefit from what YouthStart has to offer. The best part for me was attending the certificate ceremony and seeing the difference only a limited number of training sessions can make. My goal for today is to repeat the experience with YouthStart and a new group of young people.”
    Dominique Bernard
    CPAS Braine-l’Alleud
  • “Last December, I was asked to join the panel of judges for YouthStart’s Business Plan Competition. What an exceptional experience! It was great to hear these young people talk about their projects with such passion, and to see them pushing themselves out of their comfort zones and enjoying their new adventures. It was a truly heart-warming experience. Thanks to YouthStart for making this possible.”
    Corentin Scarcez
    EY
  • “I’ve been blessed with many opportunities in life. YouthStart’s students experience difficulties or are underprivileged in this sense. This doesn’t mean they haven’t got the potential for greatness. Their dreams deserve to be seen, heard and passed on. I’m a passionate believer of untapped potential in people. I see it as my mission to empower and inspire students to take charge of their lives and to equip them with the skills to turn their passion into entrepreneurial opportunities.”
    Caroline Dobbeleir
    YouthStart trainer

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