The Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) works to strengthen and support the ambitions of young entrepreneurs in Commonwealth regions. These regional networks ensure they have a combined voice and representation at forums to influence policy development on youth entrepreneurship.
These coalitions seek to champion the cause of young entrepreneurs at the local, national, regional and international level, through its engagement with governments, the media, the public, and other relevant stakeholders. They are committed to achieving measurable progress towards the development of youth entrepreneurship and innovation within Asia, Africa, the Caribbean and Canada and the wider Commonwealth.
There are three regional CAYE networks:
Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-Asia
Launched in 2011, the Commonwealth Asia Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE-Asia) comprises representatives of youth entrepreneurship organisations across the Asia region. Its annual summit provides a platform for engagement and providing impact on the youth enterprise work of the Commonwealth.
The current Chair is Mr Shaban Khalid of Pakistan. CAYE-Asia is a ‘Pipeline Partner’ for the International Labour Organisation’s Youth Employment Network, and its members have played an active role in supporting the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Division in replicating the CAYE model throughout other Commonwealth regions.
Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-Caribbean & Canada
Launched in 2015, the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-Caribbean & Canada (CAYE-C&C) comprises representatives of youth entrepreneurship organisations from 13 Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada. The current Chair is Ms Selma Green of Barbados.
The mission of CAYE-C&C is to empower and nurture young people through access to entrepreneurship training, financial and technical support, networking and mentorship opportunities, and to advocate for policies conducive to creating a strong entrepreneurial culture and ecosystem.
Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-East Africa
Launched in 2015, The Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-East Africa (CAYE-EA) comprises representatives of youth entrepreneurship organisations from six East African Commonwealth countries . The current Chair is Mr Martin Ruvugabigwi of Rwanda.
The vision of CAYE-EA is to create “a thriving environment for young entrepreneurs in East Africa” that contributes to sustainable economic growth and social development. The network’s mission will be “to connect, unify and build the capacity of young entrepreneurs across East Africa, so as to drive trade, advocate for change and enhance the entrepreneurship culture”.
Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-Southern Africa
Launched in 2016, The Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs-Southern Africa (CAYE-SA) comprises representatives of youth entrepreneurship organisations from eight Commonwealth countries in Southern Africa. The current Chair is Mr Karabo Songo of South Africa.
The vision of CAYE-SA is to drive trade and give young entrepreneurs a stronger voice with policy-makers, in order to create an enabling environment for entrepreneurship to flourish in the region.
If you are interested in being involved with these entrepreneurial networks or establishing a similar network, contact the Commonwealth Secretariat’s Youth Division at firstname.lastname@example.org