Dave Hall from the Windsor Star wrote an excellent article today about our program Supporting Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurs in Windsor and Essex (SAYEWE).
This program provides twenty Aboriginal youth 18-29 seminars on the fundamentals of starting and running a business. The top four participants will then be selected to launch their startups in the Downtown Business Accelerator with additional mentoring. The partnership we built to support this program are tremendous and include a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Union Gas, Royal Bank of Canada, CanAM Urban Native Homes, CanAM Indian Friendship Centre, the Aboriginal Education Centre and the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor, the Small Business Centre and the Downtown Business Accelerator. It has been a tremendous privilege working with our partners and our participants.
Interestingly, the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs in Canada is the Aboriginal community, and yet they lack training in the fundamentals of running a business, such as a business plan, and lack networks of support. This gap was what motivated us to build this program in our region.
It is all about empowering our youth to create businesses and jobs in our region.