Business programme

Establishing Inclusive Startups

05 Jun , 12:00–13:15
International Youth Economic Forum
Pavilion G, conference hall G6

According to the World Health Organization, approximately 15% of the global population live with some form of disability, many of whom face major obstacles to achieving their ambitions. However, the spread of digitalization and automation is opening up new opportunities for young people with disabilities, and access to information and technology can help them achieve their full potential and make a major contribution to society and the economy. Social entrepreneurs are employing innovative solutions that are helping to break down stereotypes associated with traditional models, which were focused solely on economic growth. It is vital for the next generation of business leaders to think about social objectives in addition to profit. What support projects and acceleration programmes exist for young people, and what can be done to develop and unleash the potential of young people with disabilities? How important are education, innovative financial solutions (such as impact investing), and new business models (such as fintech startups)? What potential solutions could help support inclusive companies and facilitate growth?

Anastasia Belonogova, Producer, Pro Business TV channel
Sergey Golubev, Chief Executive Officer, Social Investment Fund

Gulzira Amanturlina, Director, Eldani Public Foundation (online)
Igor Ananyev, Director, Radost social project
Dmitry Bogdanov, Founder, Dobraye Pechyva Social Bakery (online)
Maria Grekova, Founder, Simple Things
Alexey Melnik, Social entrepreneur; Project Leader, Surdo Online (online)
Ilya Smetanin, Director, Rabota-i employment centre for former orphanage residents and young people with disabilities