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 The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Tell us about your business
With a local office here in Vancouver servicing all of British Columbia and the Yukon, we provide specific pre- and post- launch support for entrepreneurs aged 18-39 that are ready to start their business or who have been operating full time for less than one year.
The financing is a low-interest character-based loan up to $15,000 (or $45,000 with a BDC match).
In addition to the loan, we match each Futurpreneur with a mentor for a period of 2 years (or 6 months, via our moMENTum program). Volunteer mentors are entrepreneurs in their own right, or extremely knowledgeable about a specific industry.
How are you hoping to connect with conference attendees?
Authentically & enthusiastically. We are constantly looking to connect people for great impact & value, weaving together the tapestry of entrepreneurial support in BC.
Promoting the personal and professional benefits of mentoring for mentors is our current offering to this great group gathering at the Passion to Profit Conference.
What advice would you give conference attendees?
You have much more to offer than you may give yourself permission or credit for. Own your expertise. Ask for what you need confidently, and give back generously.
Do you have a special offer or incentive for conference attendees that you would like us to share?
Our free online business resource centre is available for anyone to use. This includes an award-winning interactive business plan writing tool. Please take advantage: http://www.futurpreneur.ca/en/resources/
We invite you to join our Futurpreneur community by becoming a mentor and / or helping us spread our message. Please contact Humaira (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.