Fifteen years ago, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation was founded as a way of giving Canadian youth the opportunity to realize their amazing business ideas and become their own bosses. We encouraged Canadian youth to make a job, not take a job – and they did.
Fast forward 15 years and we’ve helped to start – through character-based financing and hand-matched mentoring – 4,514 new businesses from coast to coast, businesses that have created nearly 18,000 new jobs and that have established some of Canada’s most prominent independent brands, from PropertyGuys.com in Moncton, NB to Elastic Path Software in Vancouver, BC.
Over the years we’ve grown and we’ve flourished. And like all entrepreneurs, we’ve hit some bumps in the road – bumps that have taught us to adapt to change, be malleable in our pursuits, and ensure we always learn from every experience.
Our organization has pursued a remarkable path over the last 15 incredible years. We have supported an increasing number of businesses each year – in fact, CYBF currently helps to start a new business in Canada every 14 hours around the clock, 365 days a year. By 2016, we anticipate we’ll be supporting a new start-up every SIX hours.
To make this happen, we’re investing in the infrastructure of CYBF. Recognizing that growth means change, we’re excited to announce some incredible projects that are going to help us achieve our lofty goals:
Change is good. We need to hear from you – how can we do better? Drop us a line, comment on our blog or join the conversation on social media. We’re listening.