Businesses run by young people represent a significant segment of small enterprise. One of the priority areas for government support of small and medium-sized enterprises covers measures to encourage young people to engage in entrepreneurial activity. It is the present generation of young people and young enterprise that will make up our countrys image in 10 years time: helping young people in business to develop today will determine the rate of economic growth and of Russias national development tomorrow. What are the particular features of young enterprise? What is needed to develop it? What can be done to help overcome its weaknesses and develop its strengths? Is it possible to apply international experience in supporting and developing young enterprise?