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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.


G20 YEA 2020 Canadian Delegation Opportunity

Each year, the G20 YEA brings together hundreds of the world’s top young entrepreneurs at an international Summit to issue a communiqué to G20 leaders and catalyse global change.

Due to the impact COVID-19 continues to have on our lives and our communities, and to support prevention measures, this year’s Summit will be held remotely.

Futurpreneur is looking for 45 of Canada’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs to represent our country at the virtual 2020 G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia on October 29-30, 2020.

2020 Summit theme: Entrepreneurship as a source of innovation and resilience: for an inclusive, sustainable economic recovery post-COVID-19.



How is this year’s summit different?


Virtual International Summit

The G20 YEA Summit is going virtual, which means that instead of traveling to the host destination—this year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, delegations will participate in the summit remotely. Through an innovative virtual platform, delegates will be able to navigate the virtual conference with their own avatar, 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 & trade opportunities. Delegates from across the country will meet either virtually or in person in Toronto/Ottawa (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 and 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.

After logging into the virtual Summit platform and building their profile and avatar, delegates will have the opportunity to elaborate on their B2B needs. They also will be able to “match” with other like-minded entrepreneurs and investors present on the platform in addition to participating in Futurpreneur-led, in-person activities in Toronto/Ottawa (TBC), for the duration of the Summit.


Want to become a G20 YEA delegate?

Apply online by September 30, 2020 – 11:59 PM (EST) *DEADLINE EXTENDED*

The next G20 YEA Summit hosted by Saudi Arabia will be held remotely on a virtual interactive platform on October 29-30. The virtual summit session will last 3 hours each day in order to accommodate all time zones and is planning to feature:

  • High-profile keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions, panel discussions, focus groups and a pitch competition
  • Virtual networking opportunities through profile matching and conference navigation
  • 2020 Summit Theme: Entrepreneurship as a source of innovation and resilience: for an inclusive, sustainable economic recovery post-COVID-19.

Summit activities organized by Futurpreneur in Toronto/Ottawa (TBC) 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 2020 delegate, you will join a group of like-minded young entrepreneurs eager to look at 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 both virtually and in person.

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 representing the interests of young entrepreneurs, advising on issues of importance, and sharing challenges and proposing solutions. 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.

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Testimonials

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
  • Participate in an introductory call in April 2020 and a full-day pre-summit training session in Toronto or Montreal in August 2020 (virtual participation possible)

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 **

*or non-profit.

****To confirm their participation--whether in person or virtual--all selected delegates will be required to pay a non-refundable administration and registration fee ($50 CAD payable to Futurpreneur Canada + $80 USD to the G20 YEA Summit Secretariat). Additionally, if an in-person gathering is confirmed, delegates who opt to travel will be asked to cover a portion of their transit and meal expenses. These costs will vary according to travel distance. Details to be confirmed upon selection.


Please note that only 1 person may apply per business/organization.

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).

Applications will be open until until September 30, 2020 – 11:59 PM (EST) *DEADLINE EXTENDED*.

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