Promoting Youth Entrepreneurship: The Role of Mentoring

Volume 48 Number 3
Published: May 23, 2017

The risks and rewards associated with mentoring young people for entrepreneurship are attracting growing attention among policymakers, development organisations and scholars. This article examines entrepreneurship mentoring relationships from the perspective of young people. Based on the model of youth mentoring, it explores how entrepreneurship mentoring can influence the entrepreneurial intentions of young people. Findings from the review of the literature show that mentoring relationships are beneficial whether they are formal or informal.
The implications of mentoring relationships for the promotion of youth entrepreneurship are discussed.


  • Youth
  • Unemployment
  • Employment
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Group Monitoring
From Issue: Vol. 48 No. 3 (2017) | Africa’s Youth Employment Challenge: New Perspectives