Futurpreneur Canada launches third annual action entrepreneurship Initiative

January 27, 2016

Action Entrepreneurship 2016 presented by Meridian celebrates and connects Canada’s entrepreneurial community

Cross-country events to be held in 11 Canadian cities 

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TORONTO – (January 27, 2016) – As Futurpreneur Canada prepares for its 20th anniversary later this year, the entrepreneurial-minded non-profit is dedicating its annual Action Entrepreneurship initiative to celebrating and connecting Canada’s entrepreneurial community with a series of regional and national events.

Futurpreneur is a national non-profit that supports people aged 18-39 who are interested in starting their own business. In addition to providing business planning resources, financing and mentoring, Futurpreneur engages the entrepreneurial community to help aspiring, new and established business owners succeed  in a fully supportive Canada.

This year marks the third year that Futurpreneur has hosted Action Entrepreneurship, and builds on the previous years’ success, which hosted over 2000 young entrepreneurs, business leaders and other stakeholders in regional events and a national summit. Over the past two years, Action Entrepreneurship participants discussed key challenges facing entrepreneurs and proposed potential solutions, which resulted in two reports: Unlocking the Power of Youth Entrepreneurship: An Action Plan for Canada and Action Entrepreneurship Guide to Growth: Report on Futurpreneur Canada’s Action Entrepreneurship 2015 National Summit.

“We’re dedicating Action Entrepreneurship 2016 to delivering on some of the recommendations that were put forward over the past two years, such as sharing the stories of local entrepreneurs and connecting entrepreneurs with experts who can teach them new skills,” said Julia Deans, CEO of Futurpreneur Canada. “This year has the added excitement of being our 20th anniversary, which has inspired us to celebrate the entrepreneurial community that we work with and learn from every day.”

Action Entrepreneurship 2016, presented by Meridian, kicks off on Wednesday, January 27 with the first of 11 regional events, and culminates in May with a national summit and 20th anniversary celebration in Toronto.

Regional events will highlight the work that is being done within communities to support entrepreneurs, showcase the stories of Futurpreneur alumni, offer learning sessions with regional experts and provide networking opportunities for participants.

For full event details, including regional speakers, please visit the registration pages for each individual city:

Toronto, Ontario – January 27th, 2016

Vancouver, British Columbia – February 3rd, 2016

Terrace, British Columbia – February 5th, 2016

Calgary, Alberta – February 10th, 2016

Edmonton, Alberta – February 11th, 2016

Ottawa, Ontario – February 23rd, 2016

Winnipeg, Manitoba – March 1st, 2016

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – March 2nd, 2016

Québec City, Québec – March 21st, 2016

Montréal, Québec – March 22nd, 2016

Halifax, Nova Scotia – March 29th, 2016

More information about Action Entrepreneurship can be found at: www.actionentrepreneurship.ca. To join the Action Entrepreneurship conversation online, like Futurpreneur on Facebook, follow @Futurpreneur on Twitter, and tweet with the hashtag #AECanada.

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About Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, or CYBF) has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur Canada 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. staging.futurpreneur.ca. Facebook: Futurpreneur Twitter: @Futurpreneur

For interview opportunities and media inquiries, please contact:

Meghan Paton

Futurpreneur Canada

416-408-2923 x 2207