Through the Accelerating Entrepreneurial Action Grant Program, offered by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship (ACE), SIFE teams across Canada launched projects to teach entrepreneurship to youth in low-income communities across Canada.
SIFE Carleton University received the Best Project award of $1,000. The Carleton project, IC Change, offered mentorship, workshops and events for youth. The team created groups at various local high schools who identified a community need and addressed that need using entrepreneurial thinking. The SIFE team also ran a financial literacy program with Pathways to Education. Check out the video.
The runner up team was SIFE York University who were awarded $500. The York team created Entrepreneurship 101 – a workshop series for high school students in lower income communities which focused on entrepreneurship. The team also provided business mentorship and seed money to help students to jump-start their summer businesses. Students received coaching and were encouraged to submit their business proposals to Ontario Summer Company program to earn additional money towards starting a business.
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