Thinking Space Paper No.18: Entrepreneurial Soft Skills

In 2019, Youth Business International launched the research ‘Entrepreneurial Soft Skills for the Future: a scoping study’. The research has been commissioned to guide us in developing a new soft skills training provision, and to contribute to the wider debate. It draws on an extensive literature review; a survey and interviews with Youth business International (YBI) members; and interviews and informal conversations with entrepreneurship experts outside of YBI. The research presents a new entrepreneurial soft skills framework that outlines four categories of skills: intra- and interpersonal; create and solve; information, opportunity and risk management; and growth mindset.  Each skill group includes a number of today’s skills and future skills that should be considered in any entrepreneurship support programme.