Nestlé launches platform for youth entrepreneurship
Nestlé has announced the Youth Entrepreneurship Platform (YEP), a project for young innovators and entrepreneurs looking to increase their skills, test ideas and grow their businesses in areas ranging from food science and technology to the development of products and services, including regenerative agriculture and sustainable packaging. .
The digital platform is free and gives participants access to the Nestlé Entrepreneurship Academy, as well as dedicated learning programs, as well as personalized content and resources from specific geographic regions.
Stefan Palzer, Nestlé CTO, said: “At Nestlé, we work with startups, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers to drive innovation, bring great ideas to market quickly and deliver nutritious, sustainable and affordable products. to a growing world population.
“Our new digital platform helps young people bring big ideas to life across the food value chain, shaping the future of food!”
Several programs are available for those who take advantage of the YEP. They include the Nestlé R+D Accelerator, Purine Wild and regional market initiatives like Ignite Ideas, Reto Culinario and CEO X Youth Connect.
YEP refers to the Nestlé Needs YOUth Program, which was launched in 2013 to enable the company to reduce job instability and youth unemployment. The Global Enterprise Youth Initiative also aims to provide skills to young people and has helped over four million people through its central pillars of employability, agripreneurship and entrepreneurship.
Laurent Freixe, CEO of Nestlé for Latin America and founder of the Nestlé Needs YOUth initiative, said: “Young entrepreneurs need advice, support and above all opportunities and platforms where their voices can be heard and their ideas realized.
“This includes developing their knowledge and skills, testing their ideas in real-life situations, getting feedback from their audience, and receiving support to take their concept to the next level.
“The Nestlé Youth Entrepreneurship Platform will help them gain the skills, experience and mindset they need to launch their idea and business.”