Vote for the CYBF supported entrepreneurs in the international Entrepreneur of the Year People’s Choice Award

October 11, 2011

Toronto, ON, October 11, 2011 – The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is pleased to announce that CYBF-supported young entrepreneurs Axel Arvizu and Juan Roman are competing for the worldwide People’s Choice award as part of The Prince’s Youth Business International (YBI) Entrepreneur of the Year competition.

YBI’s Entrepreneur of the Year competition is an internationally-recognized annual event which highlights and celebrates the achievements of young entrepreneurs from around the world. Every entrepreneur that is shortlisted for YBI’s Entrepreneur of the Year award is eligible for the People’s Choice award as well. CYBF is a leading member of YBI.

People around the world are encouraged to vote for their favourite entrepreneur in the People’s Choice award. Online voting runs from the October 10th to 17th, 2011 and is available through the Entrepreneur of the Year website, Last year, over 17,000 votes were cast and the winning entrepreneur gained significant exposure for their business.

Canadians can join people from around the world in this exciting global competition by visiting to view video profiles for the nine finalists for the People’s Choice award and cast their votes for a winner.

Mexican Canadian entrepreneurs Axel Arvizu and Juan Roman set up La Tortilleria, a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of freshly made preservative free and low fat tortillas and tortilla products (nachos, tacos) for retail sale to the public, and wholesale to the business sector. The business is unique and the first of its kind in the Canadian market. La Tortilleria has expanded to five restaurants in Toronto, one distribution centre and employs 35 employees.

The winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year award and the People’s Choice award will be announced in November in London, England. Axel, Juan and the other finalists will travel to England for the announcements.


Canadian Youth Business Foundation – Canada’s Entrepreneur Gateway

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the ‘go to’ place for youth entrepreneurship. As a national charity, we are dedicated to growing Canada’s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. We look at character, not collateral, when providing youth, age 18-34, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring. We help them launch and sustain a successful entrepreneurial business.

CYBF Media Contact:
Rachel Azagury
Senior Manager, Marketing & Communications
Phone: 866-646-2922 x2111
Cell: 647-834-2923

Youth Business International
Founded in 2000 by HRH The Prince of Wales, Youth Business International (YBI) is a global network of independent non-profit initiatives helping young people start and grow their own business and create employment. YBI supports under-served young entrepreneurs with a combination of training, access to capital, mentoring, and other business development services. YBI members have helped over 100,000 young people to create their own business and generate employment. An estimated 70% of these businesses are still trading after three years, with many going on to create significant levels of employment and further benefits for their communities.

YBI Entrepreneur of the Year competition
The YBI Entrepreneur of the Year competition is one of the leading global competitions for young entrepreneurs. The competition, now in its fifth year, demonstrates the impact that young entrepreneurs can have on local communities, through creating jobs, improving livelihoods and encouraging innovation. Previous winners have included a garment manufacturer in Sri Lanka, an Argentinean radio station owner, a plastic recycler in India and a waste disposal expert in Kenya.

This year, you can follow the YBI Entrepreneur of the Year competition on a dedicated website: