Are you a young Canadian entrepreneur with a growing business looking to explore new markets? Do you want to help shape policy as an ambassador for youth entrepreneurship?

If so, you might be a great fit for the 2018 Canadian Delegation to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA) Summit in Buenos Aires!

As a 2018 Canadian delegate, you will become part of a cross-Canada network of champions for youth entrepreneurship, representing the interests of young entrepreneurs, advising on issues of importance and proposing solutions with over 500+ young entrepreneurs and leaders from around the world. You will also have the opportunity to advance your business abroad, making valuable international connections and exploring the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

G20YEA Delegate Spotlight: Harold Dumur, Ova

Harold Dumur is the owner of Ova, a company which leverages virtual and augmented reality to create an interactive training platform for clients in a wide range of industries. Eager for international opportunities, Harold went to the G20YEA Summit in Beijing to make connections and explore the growing market for artificial intelligence in China, participating in B2B meetings and pitching his idea to investors and panelists. ‘China was amazing. I won the G20YEA pitch competition and because of that, we are in due diligence with a venture capitalist in China.’ Dumur went on to secure a $4 million investment in Ova less than a year from the summit with ViveX, the largest business accelerator in China.

G20YEA Delegate Spotlight: Shingai Manjengwa, Fireside Analytics Inc.

“The G20 YEA offers a unique opportunity for young people to contribute to global policy on important issues like, education, entrepreneurship and technology. Ahead of the summit, delegates were briefed on Canadian policy initiatives and global trends and, in Germany, we were addressed by government officials and industry leaders.

The G20 YEA Summit was also about networking and business development. My company Fireside Analytics is a Toronto based edtech company that provides data analytics services. Africa was on the agenda at the G20 YEA summit and by special invitation, a delegation of young entrepreneurs from Nigeria joined us in Berlin. Networking with this group of inspiring entrepreneurs led to my company’s partnership with WAVE Academies (West Africa Vocational Education), a social enterprise based in Nigeria. We are using data analytics models to support WAVE in their efforts to find local job placements for young people in West Africa.

It was a great honor to represent Canada at the G20 YEA in Germany and I am excited to be part of this great community of entrepreneurs.”

Apply today to join the G20 YEA Canadian Delegation in Buenos Aires September 18-22, 2018.

Please note: As part of your application, you will be required to submit a short (two minute, max. 10MB) video responding to one of the following questions:

Option 1 : The 2017 G20 YEA Communiqué called upon G20 leaders to review educational priorities to ensure young people have access to knowledge and skills vital to new technological and economic realities (including digital competencies, STEM education and entrepreneurial skills). Share two recommendations for governments to ensure young people have the skills they need for the future economy.

Option 2 The 2017 G20 YEA Communiqué called upon G20 leaders to adopt policies that support young entrepreneurs as they assess and expand into external markets. Tell us about two things governments could do to help young entrepreneurs go global.

  • 18-39 years old
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Owner, co-founder and/or majority shareholder of a Canadian business* that has been in operation for at least two years
  • Able to communicate in English
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial leader familiar with the challenges facing young entrepreneurs
  • Strong interest in affecting entrepreneurship policy
  • Interested in exploring international markets and making international connections to advance business interests
  • Able to cover all costs associated with participating as a delegate**

* or non-profit
** We anticipate that the approximate total cost to participate in the Summit will be $2,500 CAD (flight, hotel and Summit registration fee). An additional $200 CAD non-refundable fee payable to Futurpreneur Canada is required to confirm a spot on the Canadian delegation. This fee will be used towards costs related to delegation coordination, training and activities in Argentina. Delegates may wish to engage in personal fundraising, such as crowdfunding, to support their trip.

Please note that only one person may apply per business/organization.
Exceptions may be made for businesses that have been operating for less than two years where the applicant can demonstrate significant business growth (preferably global).
Applications will close on March 15th, 2018 and applicants will be notified of their status within two weeks of that date.