Halifax’s emerging entrepreneurs get a boost from local business experts

June 12, 2014

Halifax (June 11, 2014) – Today, entrepreneurship in Halifax is getting a boost from a new partnership that will connect certified management consultants with local young entrepreneurs for one-on-one, in-depth mentoring for up to two years. Futurpreneur Canada (formerly Canadian Youth Business Foundation) and CMC-Atlantic Canada announced the partnership at its Annual General Meeting earlier today.

Research reveals that mentors have a tremendous impact on overall business success, with 70% of small businesses that receive mentoring surviving for five years or more; double the rate compared with non-mentored entrepreneurs.

Futurpreneur Canada’s mentoring program is recognized internationally for its rigour and impact, and CMC-Atlantic’s members bring expert knowledge about a variety of aspects of running a business. Leveraging these strengths, the partnership will invest in the future of entrepreneurship in Halifax, providing emerging entrepreneurs, ages 18-39, with access to volunteer business mentors to increase their success and support local business growth.


“It doesn’t take a lot of time to make a huge difference in helping a young entrepreneur become successful. Futurpreneur has the mentoring start-up tools to ensure a solid foundation. They also have excellent training to support mentors over the life of the mentoring relationship. Plus it just feels great to see your entrepreneurs take flight.”

Kevin Schwenker, Futurpreneur Canada mentor, Principal at Schwenker & Associates and Member, CMC-Atlantic Canada

 “I can’t emphasize enough the impact mentors have on the young entrepreneurs we support. For a young and often first-time entrepreneur, having someone in their corner that challenges them to reach their potential is an invaluable part of their success journey. This new partnership with CMC Atlantic will ensure our entrepreneurs are matched with some exceptional mentors in Atlantic Canada.”

—Nicole Osmond, Director, Atlantic, Futurpreneur Canada

For information about the mentoring opportunities with Futurpreneur Canada, please visitstaging.futurpreneur.ca/mentoring.


Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation or CYBF) has been fuelling 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 The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week. staging.futurpreneur.ca.  Futurpreneur   @Futurpreneur

CMC-Atlantic Canada is a provincial Institute of CMC-Canada (the Canadian Association of Management Consultants), which fosters excellence and integrity in the management consulting profession as a whole. CMC-Canada administers, and CMC-Atlantic confers, the CMC designation in the provinces of Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia & Prince Edward Island. The Association and its members advocate for the Certified Management Consultant (CMC) designation and are dedicated to advancing the profession and delivering the benefits of those efforts to the client community.

Media contact:


Lesley Wilmot

Director, Communications

Futurpreneur Canada


(416) 408-2923 x 2203