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Articles by Futurpreneur Staff

  • The Growth Accelerator: A Power-Packed Event

    Launching a successful business is a major milestone for any aspiring entrepreneur. However, the true measure of accomplishment lies in nurturing that startup and taking it to new heights. That is precisely why Futurpreneur and Spin Master have collaborated to deliver the Growth Accelerator. It is an exclusive opportunity for Futurpreneur-supported entrepreneurs to broaden their […]

  • The Power of Women: Breaking Barriers and Making an Impact

    Did you know that the Futurpreneur team includes 62% employees identifying as women, including half of our senior leadership? That’s not all, 44% of all Futurpreneur-supported businesses are led by women. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, we want to celebrate women-owned businesses by hearing directly from the entrepreneurs about their experiences: challenges, achievements, […]

  • 10 Podcasts To Inspire Your Inner Entrepreneur

    podcasts for entrepreneurs

    Now, more than ever, budding and seasoned entrepreneurs alike could benefit from insights from their peers. Podcasts offer an educational and entertaining listen, whether you’re out for a walk, doing household chores, or just want to take the time to learn something new. Here are 10 podcasts for entrepreneurs to check out now: For coast-to-coast […]

  • How Newfoundland’s Biolantic Services Inc. Pivoted to Help Fight COVID-19

    Earlier this year, Biolantic Services Inc. co-founder and general manager, Mike Loder, was looking forward to another year of business growth for his young start-up. The medical device service company based in St. John’s, Newfoundland, was projecting its biggest year yet, with revenues doubling annually for three years running. But then Loder started hearing of […]

  • This Young, Indigenous Entrepreneur Grew a New Business out of COVID-19

    Métis young entrepreneur and founder of Edmonton-based Kite Electric Ltd, Jason Courtepatte, has always liked learning what makes things tick. He’s a master electrician and holds special certifications to design and install sustainable energy products like solar panels and car-charging stations for Tesla products. He is even licensed through Transport Canada to operate drones anywhere […]

  • Supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurs at Futurpreneur Canada

    At Futurpreneur we believe in building trust to best support Indigenous Young Entrepreneurs. We help Indigenous entrepreneurs aged 18-39 launch or buy their own business. With up to $60,000* in financing, an expert mentor for up to two years, and access to resources, we’re here to help young entrepreneurs bring their business plan to life. […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Kids Innovative Takes Its Hands-on Programming Online

    Kids Innovative founder Hillina Ghulam Nabi is a quintessential Canadian success story. Born in war-torn Afghanistan, she fled with her family to Russia where life was precarious for her family and others like them. Ghulam Nabi’s father taught English to his fellow immigrant families until he was able to scrape enough money together to bring […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Ed’s Bred’s Success Lies in Their Focus on Community

    For many residents of Whistler, B.C., their daily bread arrives freshly baked from Natasha and Ed Tatton’s small, local business, Ed’s Bred. So, when COVID-19 forced ski hills to shut down early in Whistler this year, threatening the fledgling bakery’s survival, the co-founders’ first concern was for their customers. “We’d only been open in our […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Three Companies, Three Cities, Three Unique Strategies

    Black Market Provisions Pivot Story

    As the COVID-19 pandemic affects businesses around the world, we continue to discover inspiring pivot stories from young entrepreneurs across the country. The fates of Canadian SMEs hang on a thread, but with funding from the Government of Canada, Futurpreneur can provide solid support for the many young entrepreneurs in our network. Meanwhile, our small […]

  • COVID-19 Pivot Stories: Granville Biomedical Answers the Call to Produce PPE Face Shields for Canada

    Granville Biomedical co-founders pivoted their business model on a dime

    In early March, as Canada was just coming to grips with the gravity of COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called on businesses across the country to begin to manufacture medical supplies if they could. For Christine Goudie, co-founder and CEO of Granville Biomedical, answering that call was a “no-brainer.” Granville Biomedical, co-founded by Goudie and […]

  • Our Entrepreneurs in the Face of COVID-19

    Entrepreneurs are by nature problem-solvers, and as the world faces the largest global health challenge of this century, we’ve been inspired by many small business owners in our network. More than ever before, these young entrepreneurs have had to dig deep to find their grit and resiliency. Some have had to completely turn their business […]

  • Starting a Small Business in the Time of COVID-19

    Opportunity doesn’t always knock at the most opportune time. When young entrepreneur Aric Martin recently got word that his Futurpreneur application was approved, he knew he was on the verge of realizing his lifelong dream of starting up his own renovation company. However, the news coincided with the COVID-19 crisis, and all the challenges it poses for small business owners. Undeterred, Martin was still keen to launch his business.   Before the public health edict about social distancing was issued, he had […]

  • COVID-19: New Income Support for Small Business Owners and their Employees

    Income support for the small business owner

    Today, the Canadian government announced a new support package for Canadian business owners and their employees who are affected by COVID-19. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will replace two previously announced benefits, the Emergency Care Benefit & Emergency Support Benefit. The CERB will give qualified workers who have lost income due to COVID-19, including […]

  • COVID-19 Resources for Small Businesses

    Last updated: February 26, 2020 With constant updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, keeping on top of all the information available can be overwhelming, especially when you’re also trying to run a small business. Our team has collected some details on the benefits and supports available to small business owners, as well as a number […]

  • Tips for Tax Time Every Entrepreneur Should Know

    Tax and finance tips

      Tax season is approaching, and we’ve compiled some tips to help you get organized and make sure you have everything in place to file your tax return on time. 1. Know how to develop a good tax strategy   Financial planning is helpful when it comes to tax time and submitting your tax return. […]

  • Starting a business with…Steven Bourne of Ripple Farms

    Steven Bourne and Brandon Hebor are the founders of Ripple Farms, an agri-tech start-up dedicated to tackling food insecurity through aquaponics. Bringing farm to city, the social enterprise merges aquaculture and hydroponics to provide a new and alternative approach to a fully sustainable method of food production.   Ripple Farms has been offering a green […]