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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.

Through Futurpreneur Canada’s Action Entrepreneurship: Growing Young Enterprise initiative, 1,000 young entrepreneurs, business and non-profit leaders, policy makers, educators and others came together in 2014 to advance youth entrepreneurship in Canada. The initiative included face-to-face and virtual roundtable discussions, live chats, surveys, a national summit and more:

These activities culminated in a national action plan, Unlocking the Power of Youth Entrepreneurship – An Action Plan for Canada, which recommends specific actions that each stakeholder group can take now to better support existing and future entrepreneurs. Check out this video to see how the plan was developed.

To help advance the plan, Futurpreneur Canada has also developed Action Entrepreneurship Link, an online inventory of programs, activities and events in Canada that support youth entrepreneurship. It allows organizations to demonstrate how they are acting upon the recommendations from entrepreneurs and leaders.

Join the conversation: @Futurpreneur / #AECanada