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A Message From Futurpreneur CEO Karen Greve Young

Karen Greve Young | August 16, 2019

AFuturpreneur, we know that opening a business can be tough, especially for young entrepreneurs.  

That’s why for more than two decades we’ve played a critical role in building the entrepreneurial landscape in Canada, providing financing, mentoring and other resources to young, aspiring business owners. Since 1996, we’ve helped more than 12,400 young entrepreneurs, ages 18 to 39, launch more than 10,000 businesses from coast to coast to coast.  

In the past fiscal year, many of the entrepreneurs we’ve supported have thrived. And we’re tremendously proud to have played a part in their successes.  

Our core Start-Up program, which now offers up to $60,000 in collateral free loans, is crucial for entrepreneurs in the earliest stages, giving them a solid runway to launch and grow their business. 

And our support goes beyond financing – that’s what makes us different in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.  

Our Business Development and Client Relationship teams help entrepreneurs develop solid business plans and cashflow statements before they receive their loans, ensuring they’re set up for success.   

Every entrepreneur we support is matched with a volunteer mentor for up to two years, guiding them and offering insight and advice during the critical early years, ensuring they have support during and after they launch.   

We also have targeted initiatives – such as Rock My Business Plan, Growth Accelerator and Trailblazers – that provide entrepreneurs insights, tools, coaching and a pan-Canadian network for every step of their entrepreneurial journey.  

We are able to provide this level of support to young entrepreneurs through our enduring partnerships, such as our co-lending partnership with the Business Development Bank of Canada and our longstanding funding partnership with the Government of Canada. And of course, our amazing corporate and other government partnerships in communities across the country.   

We are tremendously proud of our entrepreneurs and grateful to our partners who share our commitment to fueling the success of young enterprise.