Action Entrepreneurship: Growing Young Enterprise
There is an urgent need for Canada to invest in youth entrepreneurship. Youth unemployment is more than double that of older age groups, and half of the entrepreneurs who head the small and medium enterprises – which make up 98 per cent of all businesses in Canada – are retiring in the next decade.
In 2014, Futurpreneur Canada set out to create an action plan to advance youth entrepreneurship. The result was Canada’s Action Entrepreneurship: Growing Young Enterprise, which saw more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs, business and government leaders from across Canada come together via in-person and virtual roundtable discussions and a national summit.
In 2015, Action Entrepreneurship presented by Meridian focused on business growth – defining what it means for different entrepreneurs and how to maximize their growth potential. Once again, a series of roundtable discussions were held across Canada from January to March to contribute to this conversation, which brought everyone together at our Canadian Summit in Toronto in May, for a two day event of discussions, development and networking. The discussions held in 2015 surrounding business growth will be brought together in an Action Plan for how Canada can better support young entrepreneurs with growing their business’s. This Action Plan will be released later this year. For a recap of the 2015 summit, click here.
Action Entrepreneurship Canadian Summit 2015 Backgrounder