Futurpreneur Canada to receive $500,000 commitment in support of Atlantic Canada’s small business community
Province of Nova Scotia salutes Futurpreneur Canada™ and TD Bank Group on partnership that will foster youth entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada
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HALIFAX (October 16, 2017) – Futurpreneur Canada has announced a partnership with TD Bank Group that will support Atlantic Canada’s young entrepreneurs. TD’s commitment of $500,000 over three years will help the national non-profit organization provide valuable services to aspiring young entrepreneurs throughout the region.
“We are thrilled to be working alongside Futurpreneur Canada to help more young people access the start-up resources, business financing and mentoring needed to launch and grow more successful business,” said Scott Belton, TD Bank Group Senior Vice President, Atlantic Region. “Having already supported the launch of over 1,000 new businesses in Atlantic Canada through its proven Start-up Program, Futurpreneur is well-positioned to enhance the Atlantic entrepreneurship community.”
The generous contribution will allow more Atlantic entrepreneurs to build their confidence, skills and start-up resources through Futurpreneur Canada’s valuable services. These services include the successful Owners Wanted initiative, which gives entrepreneurs in Atlantic Canada the support they need to turn their business ideas into reality through educational and networking opportunities.
“The Government of Nova Scotia would like to congratulate Futurpreneur and TD Group on coming together to support young entrepreneurs” said Hugh MacKay, MLA for Chester-St. Margaret’s and Ministerial Assistant to the Minister of Business. “This partnership will help more young people in Atlantic Canada acquire the skills and connections they need to start businesses and take on the world”
Futurpreneur is seeing more young people pursuing entrepreneurship as a career option. TD’s investment in young people highlights the value of corporate and other partners working together to support young entrepreneurs.
“To ensure a strong future for Canada and small business, it is vital for governments at all levels and corporate partners to actively support the success of young entrepreneurs,” said John Risley, Chair of Futurpreneur Canada’s Board of Directors, and Chairman and CEO, Clearwater Fine Foods Inc.“The efforts of both TD Bank Group and the Government of Nova Scotia demonstrate how all sectors can work together to see entrepreneurship succeed.”
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About Futurpreneur Canada
Futurpreneur Canada has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of enterprising young Canadians since 1996. As the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39, we have supported more than 10,000 young people to date. Our internationally recognized mentoring program matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of almost 3,000 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
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