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Created in 2006 in Douala, Youth Business Cameroon is a hybrid nonprofit organization legalized in 2006 under the number 060/RDDA/C19/BAPP of Law N°90/053 of 19th December 1980. With a mission to promote economic development through its business incubators, YBC fosters small business developments in Cameroon by providing mentoring, coaching and sustainable business resources to community members.

YBC was initiated in July 2005 by a group of committed Cameroonians who care about youth unemployment challenges, and whose realizations on youth initiatives have been a great success in the past. Their aim is to address the issues of youth unemployment, wealth generation and jobs creation, with the intention to promote information technology and entrepreneurship amongst economically underprivileged youth who want to set up their own businesses.

According to data from the National Institute of Statistics data it is estimated that over 14 million youth are unemployed or underemployed in Cameroon, and while there is broad acknowledgement of this challenge across the public, private and development sectors provide very few tangible programs on a large scale to have an impact.
Cameroon loses a large number of talented young people through lack of jobs and viable economic activities. Every year, graduates of its Universities, Polytechnic and Agricultural or Technical Institutions produce a range of new business ideas in final year projects and dissertations. However, these ideas are rarely developed into businesses.

Starting up a new business in Cameroon has never been easy. Problems are multifaceted for a young person because of limited experiences and resources; most job opportunities are obtained by those who have been trained in Business Development at school or University.

Y.B.C. is created in response to the increase in high youth unemployment and underemployment. It has the ambition to become a leading organization that provides training, information, and mentoring, networking and financial assistance to aspiring young Cameroonian entrepreneurs. Members of YBC believe in the ability of every youth to become entrepreneurs if adequate training, network, funding and mentoring is made available.

Since its inception in 2006, the YBC Team has developed activities and experiences in developing creative projects and business management. YBC was selected as the ILO (International Labour Organization: Strategic Partner in 2008 for the introduction and development of the SIYB/GERME (Start & Improve Your Business or Gérez Mieux votre Entreprise) Program in Cameroon. YBC now coordinates a group of 6 Certified ILO GERME/SIYB Trainers in the country (2 of them are part of YBC Staff). With this tool, YBC has achieved a series of missions and trainings of potential entrepreneurs; active entrepreneurs are located in Bafoussam, Douala, Nkongsamba, and Yaoundé. YBC has experienced the training of potential entrepreneurs with the SIYB program tools in the localities of Bali, Kumbo and Wum in the North-West Region in Cameroon, where they can now identify or visit new micro businesses developed by trainees.

Since 2008, YBC has been Host of the Global Entrepreneurship Week Campaign ( for Cameroon and has organized and coordinated a series of activities which contribute to promoting entrepreneurship among young people and women, in efforts to promote their integration and facilitate their success to self-employment.

In 2011, YBC was successfully selected by the World Bank as an immediate Business Incubator Member of infoDev's Global Network (, This will offer more opportunities to network and reinforce the organization.

YBC Headquarters is based in Douala, and they have opened branches in the towns of Dschang (since April 2008) and Nkongsamba (since August 2010). A branch in Buea is in the works of being the next YBC Branch.

YAA & YBC's collaboration seeks to implement the agenda of the Computer and Entrepreneurship Development Center in Cameroon.

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