Free Startup Advice Over Coffee

Free Startup Advice Over Coffee

This month in cities across Canada, the Canadian Youth Business Foundation wants to introduce young entrepreneurs to expert mentors

byline: Mira Shenker

Canada is full of 20-and-30-somethings with entrepreneurial aspirations. Millennials are twice as likely to start up a small business. Mentorship is crucial to a young entrepreneur’s success. But it’s not always readily available to young Canadian business owners. That’s why the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is launching its Owners Wantedinitiative. To help potential owners get from idea to opening day, experts working with this national non-profit organization are offering their time to young entrepreneurs across Canada this month.

CYBF experts will be stationed at independent coffee houses in Toronto, Vancouver, Regina and Saskatoon to help take the stress out of exploring a business idea by providing mentorship and advice to help take things to the next level. “Lots of Canadians have business ideas, but may let their nerves and fears stop them from taking the first step, which is exactly why the Owners Wanted campaign was created,” said CYBF CEO Julia Deans in a release.

Why coffee shops? According to the CYBF, coffee shops have replaced the traditional boardroom for this entrepreneurial generation.

The small business is a driving force in the Canadian economy, and as the national non-profit organization for young entrepreneurs, CYBF is dedicated to fostering a new generation of small business owners. CYBF helps ensure they are set up for success through pre-launch coaching, business resources, low-interest financing of up to $45,000 and industry-leading mentoring.

CYBF delivers its program coast-to-coast through a national network of community partners and thousands of volunteer business mentors and has invested in more than 5,600 young and emerging entrepreneurs across Canada.

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