Global Entrepreneurship Week is in full swing all across Canada – and that’s good news, especially for those looking to start something new.
“In this tough job market, an increasing number of young people are choosing to grow their innovative ideas into new businesses,” says Julia Deans, CEO, Futurpreneur Canada. “The climate for these young entrepreneurs is especially ripe in Canada, where funding is more accessible than in other countries and the costs of starting a business are among the lowest in the G20.”
Futurpreneur is hosting the event in this country for the sixth consecutive year with a record 475 events taking place across Canada from November 17 to 23, 2014.
Included among planned Global Entrepreneur Week events in Canada are:
The City Battle: For the past two years, Ottawa has hosted more events than any other Canadian city. It is taking on challengers this year to see if anyone can beat its record, and Futurpreneur Canada will award the title of “Most Entrepreneurial Canadian City” to the city with the most events. It’s a tight race, with Ottawa and Vancouver battling it out at the top.
On-campus Celebrations: Eleven volunteer Campus Ambassadors are championing entrepreneurship at their schools by coordinating events and making connections, and 10 student groups are hosting Unleash Your Inner Entrepreneur events to educate 18- to 24-year-olds about entrepreneurship.
Award Winning Mentorship: Behind the Scenes: This mentoring webinar is open to anyone around the world and features a panel of award winning mentors.
Policy and Government: On Friday, November 21, elected officials across Canada will be meeting with entrepreneurs as part of the Day in the Life Challenge.
- Watch the early highlights video.
With hundreds of in-person and even more online events planned this year in communities all across Canada, the number of young people looking to discover entrepreneurial opportunities is clearly on the rise.
“Now is the time for young people to consider entrepreneurship for themselves,” says Ronnen Harary, Chairman and co-CEO, Spin Master Ltd., and member of Futurpreneur Canada’s Board of Directors, who launched his business in 1994.
“As I've learned over the past 20 years, there’s no experience like starting a company and working for yourself. I hope the conversations taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week encourage even more young people to take the entrepreneurial leap.”