Business programme

Money Out of Thin Air: The Escalating Allure of Green Youth Entrepreneurship

17 Jun , 10:00–11:15
International Youth Economic Forum
Congress Centre, zone B, 2nd floor, conference hall B2

The year 2022 proved to be a time of immense challenge and upheaval for the Russian economy and its business community. Faced with these hurdles, the imperative of utmost concentration, resource optimization, and exploration of novel solutions became paramount. The government continued its steadfast support for ongoing business development endeavours, including those spearheaded by young entrepreneurs, while maintaining a steadfast commitment to the environmental agenda – specifically, the imperative of decarbonizing the Russian economy and achieving carbon neutrality. Within this landscape, "green" projects emerge as a promising avenue for business ventures, with eco-entrepreneurship representing a fertile and commercially viable niche. Are young individuals prepared to actively engage in the environmental business agenda? What are the advantages and efficacy of "green" projects and carbon units, and how accessible are they to enterprising young minds? Can civil society organizations, including youth movements, contribute to fostering an environmentally-focused business community or aid existing enterprises in diversifying their operations and aligning with the "green" agenda?

Georgy Arapov, Deputy Chairman of the Committee of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Ecology, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection

Elena Gorokhova, Director, Interregional Ecological Public Organization "ECA"
Anna Zhigulskaya, Project Office Director for Internal Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, Rosatom
Olga Ievleva, Student, St. Petersburg State University, Participant of the Youth of the Arctic Project
Tumun Tsydypov, First Deputy General Director, BAIKAL.CENTER
Alexey Chekhranov, Founder, Smart Sreda
Anna Chigarina, First Deputy, All-Russian Organization "City Renovations"
Alexey Chumakov, Head, All-Russian Movement "Inspirers"

Front row participants
Mervis Ngosa, Chief Executive Officer, ColesHill Enterprise
Madalitso Chimpeni, Founder, Mpepu Energy