Canadians Selected to Mentor American Entrepreneurship Organization
Canadian Youth Business Foundation to Mentor California-based Youth Business America
TORONTO – March 4, 2011 – Today, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) will leverage its tremendously successful 15-year track record in building Canada’s next generation of entrepreneurs by participating in a unique venture to formally mentor the newly developed Youth Business America (YBA) in its start-up phase.
California-based YBA will represent the U.S. within The Prince’s Youth Business International (YBI) worldwide network of youth entrepreneurship programs operating in 35 countries. As a seasoned member, CYBF occupies a key role in the YBI network, founded in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales. Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, has joined forces with YBI and CYBF on this initiative.
The “best of breed” training is anticipated to provide YBA with an intensive learning opportunity from the mature and successful CYBF as the basis to lay an early and solid foundation which will be critical in the facilitation of YBA’s planned expansion across the U.S.
“We are honoured to have been asked to mentor the Youth Business America program,” says Vivian Prokop, chief executive officer of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. “With our in-depth expertise, growth and success ratios in advancing entrepreneurship in Canada, we have built a globally-recognized model and are able to share valuable knowledge and IP with our American neighbours. We are very grateful for the collaborative support of Accenture Canada, which will allow CYBF to expand our reach and impact in building a true culture of youth entrepreneurship beyond our own borders.”
The formal one-year mentorship between CYBF and YBA will kick off with a rigorous three-day integration workshop at the CYBF offices in Toronto.
About the Canadian Youth Business Foundation – Canada’s Entrepreneur Gateway
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the ‘go to’ place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national charity, we are dedicated to growing our nation’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-34, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business. www.cybf.ca
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company with approximately 211,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. Its home page is www.accenture.com
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