HP Foundation commits to up-skilling aspiring young entrepreneurs

HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs), a program from the HP Foundation, is a free program for millions of innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world.

(Global) On World Youth Skills Day 2020 , HP Foundation has committed to the Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth, to bridge the skills gap and help youth become more resilient in the era of COVID-19 and beyond, by providing them with business and IT skills training. These trainings are free of charge for start-ups, learners, and small businesses, and provided through HP LIFE. The program’s 32 courses range from starting a small business and raising capital, to marketing and design thinking. Supporting a wide audience of learners, the courses are available in seven languages. They are are modular and interactive enabling users to grow their business skills.

The pandemic poses multidimensional challenges for young people around the world. In particular, youth-led enterprises are struggling to survive in the face of an unprecedented economic shock. HP Foundation’s commitment aims at enrolling and empowering 1 million HP LIFE users worldwide, including young entrepreneurs, between 2016 and 2025. HP LIFE creates inclusive communities for young entrepreneurs to have the relevant skills to run sustainable businesses and achieve their aspirations in the world of work. HP LIFE also builds a global network of entrepreneurs to share ideas, issues and solutions to make businesses more successful and resilient.

Unleashing the potential of young people as drivers of job creation and economic growth is critical for sustainable development and a stronger recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Limited skills and knowledge transfer continue to impede young entrepreneurs from succeeding in their businesses. HP Foundation’s commitment aims at addressing the challenge in support of Youth Entrepreneurship and Self-employment and will contribute to the ITU-ILO joint campaign Digital Skills for Jobs.

HP LIFE e-learning program has had numerous success stories about fostering youth entrepreneurship and preparing young entrepreneurs for the future of work. HP Foundation welcomes partnerships for supporting and empowering more young entrepreneurs through the HP LIFE platform (https://www.life-global.org/).


The Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Decent Jobs for Youth was launched in 2016 as a UN system-wide effort, focusing on the youth employment challenge that is central to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It has emerged as a global, multi-stakeholder initiative that brings together governments, social partners, the private sector, youth and civil society organizations, and others. They work together to share knowledge, leverage resources and take action at country and regional level, to support young people in accessing decent work and productive employment worldwide.


For more information, please contact:

Ms. Michele Malejki, Global Head, Social Impact Programs I HP Inc I Michele.Malejki@hp.com

Global Initiative on Decent Jobs for Youth I decentjobsforyouth@ilo.org



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Published Date

15 July 2020