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​​​​​​​​Our vision for EYE is to set forth a model of  training + pathways + telecollaboration  that applies the tenets of entrepreneurship

in all its definitions to combat Youth Unemployment, one of the most serious challenges to a global society. Youth unemployment

rates tend to be higher than the adult rates in every country in the world. ​​The United Nations defines youth unemployment as a

disengagement from the workforce of individuals between the ages of 15–24 years old. For the purpose of recruiting beneficiaries

to EYE training programmes, however, we have defined youth unemployment for individuals between the ages of 18-28, with a

special effort placed on recruiting women to the project, to reflect several realities: 

     (1) post-secondary education does not guarantee a decent job; since our primary focus is on combating youth unemployment 

in the MENA region where the unemployment rates exceed those of any other region in the world, we took into consideration the

statistics cited above.

     (2) defining a population as unemployed leads to the possibility of not accounting for a number of  young people left out of work

or relegated to working in fields other than those of their career choice or not utilizing technical skills and other capabilities they may

have, or who are working part-time instead of full-time jobs.These are the underemployed, hidden away in employment statistics. The

consequences of underemployment are just as serious, and in many cases more so, as the underemployed lose valuable  skills,

knowledge and abilities, have diminished prospects for job security and income, and suffer from emotional distress which, in turn,

may lead to deteriorating mental and physical health.

    (3) research shows the high number of industries impacted by the global financial crisis that cannot offer young adults job security

in their home countries. Other underemployed youth have been forced to emigrate, including those who are refugees from violent

conflicts and disastrous economic conditions.

    (4) oftentimes women are considered inactive in the workforce and are, therefore, excluded in unemployment statistics; their

inclusion would substantially increase the unemployment rate. Low female participation in the workforce has been attributed to

several factors, including but not limited to motherhood, household duties and high rates of gender violence. Their remuneration

and their professional progression are stunted by inaccessible or unaffordable child care, working without pay taking care of

household chores and other circumstances that restrict the time they could spend on paid work. The International Labour

Organisation reports that around the world, finding a job is much tougher for women than it is for men. But the quality of work

is also addressed by the gender gap for university-educated women, especially in our area of focus in the MENA region, where

the unemployment rates among university-educated women are more than three times higher than that of university-educated men,

and in some MENA countries eight times higher. 



Reversing Emigration Trends

Through Entrepreneurship

brings together a cross-sectoral consortium

to address the loss of young professionals and others

from the local workforces of our targeted regions.

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An emigration crisis is brewing in the

flanks of the European Union.....

EYE - E-Incubator for Young Entrepreneurs

Bringing together diverse

people to collaboratively

analyze and address 

complex problems that

transcend borders

An emigration crisis is brewing in the Southern,

Eastern and Baltic flanks of Europe, especially

acute in rural areas, that requires a new model

to create and support small business enterprises

to hire, increase revenues, secure capital,

innovate and create meaningful impact in their

communities. RETTE (Reversing Emigration

Trends Through Entrepreneurship) seeks to

engage our consortium partners as hub players

for their region to provide a mix of training

and support to promote and accelerate

entrepreneurship that co-creates sustainable,

inclusive social and economic prosperity.

Hub players form relationships and identify

needs within their regions to orchestrate joint

work around which entrepreneurship ecosystems

in their region can bloom and grow. This creates

a re-imagined social innovation sphere that

addresses the fact that decades of economic

development and public policy have not led to

equitable outcomes and constitutes the root

problem of the emigration crisis.

RETTE empowers our hubs as “social

extrapreneurs” that connect players to form a

social innovation ecosystem to support an

entrepreneurship education training model,

which in turn empowers entrepreneurs and

intrapreneurs in creating ventures that add

value to others and adds jobs to the local

economy, prepares young professionals for

the local labor market to deter emigration,

and adds value to local efforts toward economic


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  Baltic Region 


  Iberian Peninsula Region

  Mediterranean Region


  Central/Eastern Europe 


  EU Candidates 

*  Stakeholder Dialogue and

Beneficiaries Virtual Exchanges

*  Training for Skills, Competences

and a Growth Mindset

*  ​Community of Practice for

Trainers and Mentors

*  Local Linkages for Pathways

to ​Entrepreneurship / 

Gainful Employment

Send us an email: info@eyeincubator.com

Join the battle - bring the EYE model 

combat youth unemployment and foster entrepreneurship 

in your region!

The EYE Theory of Change for Reversing the Emigration Crisis...