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G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance

Supporting International Opportunities for Canada’s Young Entrepreneurs

Futurpreneur Canada is proud to be a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA), a global network of more than 500,000 young entrepreneurs and the organizations that support them.

In advance of every G20 Leaders’ Summit, the G20 YEA brings together hundreds of the world’s top young entrepreneurs to advance youth entrepreneurship as a driver of economic growth, innovation and social change.

The Summit is an important opportunity for young entrepreneurs to become part of a network of champions for youth entrepreneurship, advising on issues of importance, sharing ideas and proposing solutions. The G20 YEA Summit also offers a critical opportunity for young entrepreneurs to advance their businesses, make international connections and explore international growth.

For a full list and bios of our 2020 Canadian delegation to the virtual Riyadh Summit, click here

Futurpreneur is looking for 45 of Canada’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs to represent our country virtually at the 2021 G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit hosted by Italy on October 5-8, 2021 in Rome and Milan.

Due to the impact of COVID-19, last year’s Summit was held remotely. Given the uncertainties around vaccinations and upcoming prevention measures, this year’s Summit will also be held remotely, with the possibility of sending a smaller-scale delegation to the event in person.

2021 Summit theme: Global Renaissance: Sustainability, inclusion and innovation for prosperity

How is this year’s summit different?


Hybrid International Summit with potential of a smaller in-person delegation in Italy

Due to health regulations across the world, our Italian hosts have offered to host a smaller in-person gathering, in addition to establishing a virtual platform, streaming event proceedings and hosting digital networking opportunities.

The G20 YEA Summit is going hybrid, which means that instead of the full delegation traveling to the host destinations (Rome and Milan, Italy), up to 5 delegates with strong Italian trade plans will be chosen to participate in the summit in person.

Meanwhile, the rest of the delegation will be able to connect digitally, alongside 500+ young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders from across the G20 countries.

Canadian delegation Summit activities

Futurpreneur is hosting its own interactive event for the Canadian delegation, offering a robust agenda filled with networking and trade opportunities.


In keeping with other Summit activities, Canadian delegates will meet either virtually or in person in Italy (details to be confirmed in accordance with the latest public health guidelines related to COVID-19). Delegates will participate in a variety of business-building, policy-making and networking activities with government officials, international trade organizations, consular trade representatives/business associations from G20 countries, and Trade Commissioner Services.
The aim this year remains to provide safe, interactive and inclusive G20 trade opportunities to a diverse group of young entrepreneurs, especially those who are typically underrepresented in the Canadian international trade landscape, including women, members of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, new Canadians and those with disabilities.

Details about the Italian Summit platform will be unveiled closer to the event.

G20 YEA 2021 Canadian Delegation Opportunity

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Application for the 2021 delegation are closed

2021 Theme: Global Renaissance: Sustainability, inclusion and innovation for prosperity

The next G20 YEA Summit hosted by Italy will both be held remotely and in-person (smaller-scale, depending on health regulations) on October 5-8, 2021. The hybrid summit sessions could feature:

  • High-profile keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions, panel discussions, focus groups and a pitch competition
  • Virtual networking opportunities through profile matching and conference navigation

Summit activities organized by Futurpreneur will include:

  • Introductions to business development organizations
  • Meetings with the Trade Commissioner Service, senior government officials and international business associations and services
  • B2B meetings
  • Networking events and cultural activities

Make International Connections and Accelerate Your Business Abroad

As a 2021 delegate, you will join a group of like-minded young entrepreneurs eager to explore expansion and growth opportunities outside of their local market. Together, you will have the opportunity to explore a variety of regional entrepreneurial ecosystems, make international connections and accelerate your interests abroad.

Become an Entrepreneurship Leader and Ambassador

Your role as a G20 YEA delegate goes beyond the Summit. As a G20 YEA delegate, you will become part of a cross-Canada network of champions for youth entrepreneurship, advising on issues of importance, sharing challenges and proposing solutions on behalf of young entrepreneurs across the globe. You will have the opportunity to engage with stakeholders and media, and to participate in government relations efforts to advance the G20 YEA recommendations, especially in the context of post-COVID-19 recovery.

Application for the 2021 delegation are closed


Delegate responsibilities:

  • Act as a champion for youth entrepreneurship both within Canada and abroad
  • Represent the interests of young entrepreneurs, advising on issues of importance, sharing challenges and proposing solutions
  • Engage with government, media and other stakeholders about their experience and associated G20YEA recommendations to support young entrepreneurs, through:
    • Coordinating at least one media article/appearance
    • Scheduling at least two meetings with government and/or leaders in the entrepreneurship community
    • Arranging at least one visit or presentation to share learnings and G20YEA recommendations, such as at a school, university, Chamber of Commerce, government consultation or other event
  • Actively participate in a variety of virtual meetings and training opportunities in summer 2021 and a half-day pre-summit training session in September 2021.

Delegate Eligibility Requirements

  • 18-39 years old
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Owner, co-founder and/or majority shareholder of a Canadian business* that has been in operation for at least two years
  • Able to communicate in English
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial leader familiar with the challenges facing young entrepreneurs
  • Strong interest in affecting entrepreneurship policy
  • Interested in exploring international markets and making international connections to advance business interests
  • Able to cover all costs associated with participating as a delegate **

* Exceptions may be made for businesses that have been operating for less than 2 years where the applicant can demonstrate significant business growth (preferably global).

** While we are still waiting for confirmation of virtual and in-person summit registration fees from our Italian hosts, we anticipate that the approximate total cost to participate in the Summit in-person would be $1500 CAD (international flight, accommodation in Italy, in-person Summit registration fee). An additional $50 CAD non-refundable fee payable to Futurpreneur Canada is required from all delegates (virtual and in-person) to confirm a spot on the Canadian delegation. This fee will be used towards costs related to delegation coordination, training and activities.
Please note that only up to two people may apply per business/organization to be part of the virtual delegation. If selected for in-person delegation to Italy, only one representative from the selected business/organization will be able to attend.

(Français) [:enPlease note that only up to two people may apply per business/organization to be part of the virtual delegation. If selected for in-person delegation to Italy, only one representative from the selected business/organization will be able to attend.Veuillez noter que seules deux personnes par entreprise/organisation peuvent demander à faire partie de la délégation virtuelle. Si vous êtes sélectionné pour une délégation en personne en Italie, seul un.e représentant.e de l’entreprise/organisation sélectionnée pourra y assister.

Application for the 2021 delegation are closed