ImagineNations Network is a global technology platform with a focus on emerging markets that helps young entrepreneurs connect at the local and global level with peers, mentors, and resources so they can build businesses and livelihoods around the world. Through global and local portals, ImagineNations Network offers a one-stop platform for young people, NGOs, supporters, financing sources, commercial outlets, and others to interact virtually to promote youth-led entrepreneurship and economic development.
ImagineNations Network sets itself apart from other portals and websites by focusing on interactive experiences and high-value services designed expressly for young entrepreneurs and their supporters, rather than solely on static informational content or general social exchange opportunities. ImagineNations Network also works with other content and non-profit partners to host individual sites and maximize local community engagement.
Imagine-network.org serves as the portal for Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), which has an emphasis on Muslim-majority countries. PNB is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization established to harness private sector and civil society resources to advance the vision President Barack Obama laid out in his Cairo speech in June 2009 of renewed engagement with Muslims around the world based on mutual respect and responsibility. PNB is chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, along with Vice-Chairs Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute and Muhtar Kent of the Coca-Cola Company, who are working with a steering committee of other prominent public, private, and civil society leaders in close partnership with the U.S. Department of State in Washington and U.S. embassies abroad.
Imagine-network.org is also a platform for the U.S. Department of State's E-Mentor Corps, an initiative first announced at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April 2010 and designed to inspire a new legion of mentors to support young entrepreneurs. To that end, ImagineNations Network is working closely with the U.S. Department of State and PNB in realizing the E-Mentor Corps initiative.
The platform was developed by ImagineNations Group (www.imaginenations.org) in collaboration with Mercy Corps, and with support from Cisco Foundation and the Global Partnership for Youth Investment (GPYI) of the World Bank.
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Commit to Clinton Global Initiative with Global Technology Platform Expansion
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ImagineNations is an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, which convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. As part of the 2010 Annual Meeting of CGI, ImagineNations and Yahoo! Inc. made the following commitment:
ImagineNations Group, in partnership with Yahoo! Inc., commits to use the power of mobile technology to empower young entrepreneurs to access the social network of people and organizations that share their desire to grow businesses around the world. This commitment will extend the reach of ImagineNations Network (INN), a platform of global and local portals that engages and connects young entrepreneurs to each other, to mentors, to supporters, to financing sources and to markets in order to spur the development and growth of youth-led businesses. As of August 2010, INN (imagine-network.org) has close to 4,000 users. This commitment's goal is to grow INN to yield a user base of 750,000 over 5 years. Yahoo! Inc. commits to use the power of its global reach to promote the ImagineNations Network through targeted media on its advertising platform. Imagine-network.org will also serve as the portal for the Partners for a New Beginning (PNB), which has an emphasis on Muslim-majority countries.