Global honour for young British entrepreneur

Aged 26, Rajeeb Dey is the youngest of the group of 192 young global leaders (YGLs) who come from 59 different countries.

"To be recognised as a YGL by the World Economic Forum and to be the youngest of the group globally is truly humbling," says Dey. "With the alarming levels of youth unemployment around the world I look forward to engage with fellow YGLs to explore solutions to help young people access employment opportunities and also highlight entrepreneurship as a viable and rewarding career path."

Dey founded Enternships, a website that connects students and graduates with start-ups and small businesses, while he was at Oxford University in 2009 and has so far connected over 4,000 small businesses with young people. He has since co-founded StartUp Britain, the campaign set up last year to promote entrepreneurship.

But, he says, he didn't always want to become an entrepreneur. "I come from a family of medics and I thought I'd go on to become a doctor but when I was about 14 years old I realised that I liked coming up with ideas and do different things," he says. "Now I don't think I could work for anyone else."

The YGL honour is awarded by the World Economic Forum in recognition of the candidates' professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. Past holders include Larry Page, Co-founder and CEO of Google, and Prime Minister David Cameon.

"Recovery and innovation require new unique ideas and an environment where the best minds, ideas and leadership can thrive," says Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. "The most important determinant of this will be how we use human talent and the young global leader represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation."

Three years after launching Dey says there is a now realisation that small businesses should link up with students. "It is not always easy for SMEs; many lack the brand and the resources to go in on campus and approach people," he says.

Next for Dey is taking Enternships global, starting out with South Africa. "I went on the Prime Minister's trade mission to South Africa and I witnessed first-hand the problem of youth unemployment but also the hunger around entrepreneurship. A lot of people showed interest in Enternships so we are very excited about this," says Dey.

For more information about Enternships click here, www.enternships.com

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