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Building on our global commitment to building a better working world through our work with our clients and our markets, we also invest in our communities, both close to home and in emerging markets.

Empowering entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs can transform economies, drive innovation and change communities. Our corporate responsibility efforts leverage the skills and capabilities of EY to help smaller-scale entrepreneurs worldwide who might not be able to easily access professional services. These include small- to medium-size enterprises, some women entrepreneurs who lack a network to help them grow, young entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs building a business to benefit society or the environment.

Here are some of our other programs which support entrepreneurs:

The EY Vantage Program engages high-performing mid-career professionals (formerly the Corporate Responsibility Fellows Program)

Since 2005, EY has dedicated its best resources — our talented, experienced people — to improving the success of promising entrepreneurs in Latin America in an effort to create scalable, sustainable economic value. Through this signature volunteer program in entrepreneurship, we work with the not-for-profit Endeavor to place EY Vantage Advisors with high-impact entrepreneurs on projects that improve the integrity and effectiveness of the entrepreneurs’ key business processes, while leveraging the unique skills of each of our professionals. The program has a significant impact — both on our Advisors, by offering them a world-class professional growth opportunity, and on entrepreneurs and their communities, by helping to catalyze economic growth.

Learn more about our EY Vantage Advisors below:

  • David, as an Advisory senior manager, helped Onapsis, a software development firm base in Argentina, with Human Resource and performance management projects, including the development of key performance indicators.
  • Rich, as a Markets Strategy associate director, assisted Tuyo, a Mexican company that buys and re-sells secondhand consumer electronics in physical stores, with marketing and same-store growth strategies. The co-founders of Tuyo were Entrepreneur Of The Year® Mexico finalists in 2012.
  • Tyler, as a Tax manager, assisted Tecno Logys, a provider of wall-building solutions for Brazil’s largest construction companies, with their accounting processes.
  • Alene, as a Transaction Advisory Services manager, helped Buin Zoo establish improved processes for budgeting and cash-flow monitoring. Read more.

Watch this video of our EY Vantage Advisors on assignment in Mexico.

Teaming with Endeavor to empower entrepreneurs in emerging markets

Endeavor breaks down barriers that prevent emerging-market entrepreneurs from reaching their high-impact potential. Endeavor identifies entrepreneurs who lead high-growth innovative companies in emerging markets. These entrepreneurs are then given world-class strategic advice, access to key networks and other tools that enable them to succeed.

With Endeavor's guidance they become "high-impact" — expanding employment, generating wealth and inspiring others to innovate. Often overlooked, these local entrepreneurs are now jumpstarting private sector development in their countries.

We are proud that our people:

  • Are part of their international selection panels identifying these businesses for support.
  • Give our high performers the opportunity to make a difference, build their skills and develop their global mindset by spending 5-7 weeks ‘in the field’ working with the businesses.
  • Have supported businesses in 12 emerging economies: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, El Salvador, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Nicaragua, South Africa, Turkey and Uruguay.

Investing in the future with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)

NFTE brings entrepreneurial training to high school students, focusing on those from low-income communities. Maria Pinelli, Global Vice Chair of EY’s Strategic Growth Markets, is the Chair of the NFTE board, and she is working with the organization to expand its presence globally.

In the US, Ernst & Young LLP leaders serve on regional NFTE boards in 11 cities. The firm honors NFTE youth entrepreneurs at regional Entrepreneur Of The Year® galas. And hundreds of EY professionals volunteer as coaches and mentors for NFTE students or as judges in business case competitions. For example, through the NFTE Adopt-a-Class program, the McLean office supports teacher training and creates opportunities for skills-based volunteering.

Last year, Ernst & Young LLP established the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Alumni Fund to reward top NFTE students with scholarships and support the Adopt-a-Class program.

Building business awareness with Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement (JA) teaches students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential programs. More than 40 EY leaders currently serve on local JA boards in the US, and our people volunteer to teach students of all ages and to raise funds through bowl-a-thons and other activities. Recently, our South Florida offices of EY joined together to provide financial support and volunteer teachers for an innovative JA education program called BizTown, which combines in-class learning with a visit to a fully interactive simulated town facility.

Our commitment to Kiva.org, the world’s first microfinance website

Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending money to alleviate poverty. It is the world's first and largest microfinance organization.

Using the internet, Kiva encourages individuals to lend as little as US$25 to entrepreneurs from emerging economies around the world. They work with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems.

We have made a commitment to provide US$1m of value to Kiva through pro bono work. Our EY professionals from Advisory and Assurance are contributing their time to drive projects designed to assist Kiva track its flow of funds and organize and check information surrounding its activities with borrowers and lenders.

Supporting the workforce of tomorrow

Through our peoples’ time and skills, we invest in the education of tomorrow’s workforce to ensure that the skills and characteristics required to enable businesses and societies to thrive are available. 

Through skills based volunteering, our people are helping young students continue in education and stay on track.  It makes a big difference to the lives of individuals but it is also helping to increase the skills and education of the next generation of workers.

College MAP: putting underserved students on the road to higher education

College MAP (Mentoring for Access and Persistence), the signature EY LLP volunteer program for education in the US, targets underserved high school students who have the potential to succeed in college, but need some extra help creating the "MAP" that will take them there. One distinctive trait of College MAP is the team-mentoring model, providing a community of support as students move through the college application process. We collaborate with College For Every Student, which has helped more than 100,000 underserved youth in 380 schools. Through the EY College MAP Scholarship Fund, we also provide financial support to students who complete the program and go on to pursue higher education. Watch this video of College MAP mentors making a difference in Detroit. College MAP currently mentors students in these 24 US cities: Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, Richmond, Rochester, San Antonio, San Francisco, San Jose, Secaucus, and Toledo.

Cyberchase brings a love of math to students in grades 2–6

Through our collaboration with the popular PBS series Cyberchase, we are improving math literacy in children ages 8 to 11 by showing them how much fun math can be.

Ernst & Young LLP’s innovative after-school program brings the Cyberchase experience to life. The EY/Cyberchase Travel Edition offers a set of web-based, downloadable activities that make it easy for any corporate volunteer, parent or teacher to get kids excited about math. The curriculum has been translated into Hebrew, Portuguese and Spanish.

How top companies can transform education

Businesses can play a leading role in transforming education. Read our research-based white paper and executive summary on best-practice corporate interventions.

One-to-one mentoring program celebrates 20 years in the Bronx

EY volunteers have served as mentors for high school students in the Bronx at the Adlai Stevenson campus for over 20 years. This mentoring program, run in collaboration with Good Shepherd Services, has become one of the most respected in New York City. Over the years, EY professionals have mentored more than 500 students, and at least 90% of the mentees graduated from high school.

EY and Perspectives Leadership Academy team up in Chicago

Over the past six years, EY’s Chicago office has built a strong relationship with Perspectives Leadership Academy. Our involvement ranges from mentoring and career panels to internship opportunities and funding for summer learning experiences. Our relationship with Perspectives Charter Schools is "a unique partnership that has become a mutually rewarding experience and a source of pride for our firm," says Kelly Grier, the Chicago Office Managing Partner. Watch this video showing volunteers from our Chicago office mentoring students at Perspectives-Calumet Charter School, using the city as their classroom.

Please note: EY does not accept unsolicited requests for funding or volunteer engagements.