Anzisha Forum Workshop Series: Investors
This report summarizes discussions and lessons emerging from the Investor workshop.
About this Report
The 2019 Anzisha Prize Forum focused on Very Young Entrepreneurs (VYEs) as agents of change in their societies. One component of the Forum was a stakeholder workshop with six stakeholder groups who represented the ecosystem that supports VYEs. The six stakeholder groups comprised: Educators; Investors; Policy makers; Parents; VYEs; and Incubators.
This report summarizes discussions and lessons emerging from the Investor workshop. Key takeaways from the workshop included:
- Entrepreneurially-oriented education should include building strong financial and risk modelling, as well as increasing critical thinking in the education system.
- Practical experience is critical for VYEs – through internships and learnerships, VYEs can learn about how investment funds work and the criteria that they look for in a business.
- The group called for creating supporting structures to ensure the success of VYEs, e.g. a guarantee that is linked to an advisory board.
- Investors could be mandated to spend a portion of their capital on investing in VYEs.