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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 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. It is also 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 annually at an international Summit to issue a communiqué to G20 leaders and catalyse global change. Futurpreneur is looking for up to 30 of Canada’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs to represent our country at the 2020 G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20YEA) Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the end of October 2020.

The Summit is an unforgettable international experience. Over four action-packed days, including two days of optional pre-summit activities, up to 30 delegates from across Canada will participate in a variety of business-building, policy-making and networking activities alongside 500+ young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial leaders from across the G20 countries.

The next G20 YEA Summit hosted by the Centennial Fund will be held in Riyadh in October 2020. The Summit will feature:

  • High-profile keynote speakers
  • Breakout sessions, panel discussions, focus groups and a pitch competition
  • Networking opportunities and receptions
  • Innovative report launches with Accenture and EY
  • 2020 Summit Theme: COMING SOON!

Pre-Summit activity organized by Futurpreneur could include:

  • Visits to incubators, accelerators, tech-parks and business development organizations
  • Meetings with the Trade Commissioner Service, senior government officials and business leaders abroad
  • B2B meetings with Saudi businesses, entrepreneurs and investors
  • Networking events and cultural activities

Want to become a G20 YEA delegate?

Applications will be opening soon! Let us know if you want to be notified when the application period launches.

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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 explore the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem, make international connections and accelerate your interests abroad.

Become an Entrepreneurial 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. This includes the opportunity to engage with stakeholders and media, and to participate in government relations efforts to advance the G20 YEA recommendations.


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.

**We anticipate that the approximate total cost to participate in the Summit will be $2,500 CAD (flight, hotel and Summit registration fee). An additional $200 CAD non-refundable fee payable to Futurpreneur Canada is required to confirm a spot on the Canadian delegation. This fee will be used towards costs related to delegation coordination, training and activities in Saudi Arabia. Delegates may wish to engage in personal fundraising, such as crowdfunding, to support their trip.

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 opening soon! Let us know if you want to be notified when the application period launches.

Submit your Info