Celebrating the 2013 Funding Roadshow Sponsors - CYBF (Views: 1535)

Fri, 17 May 2013 15:31:17

Much hard work preceded the successful May 13th launch of the 2013 Funding Roadshow in Montreal, none of which would have been possible without the participation of the many Roadshow sponsors. Merit must be given where merit is due, and so this is the first of a series of articles celebrating the Roadshow's generous sponsors.

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is a national non-profit organization dedicated to championing tomorrow’s entrepreneurial nation builders. Why? Because our future depends on creating new businesses that drive innovation, build communities, create jobs and support Canada’s overall economic prosperity. They do this by investing time and money in aspiring young entrepreneurs, age 18-39, who have a great business idea, but find it difficult to obtain financing or mentoring through traditional sources.

CYBF delivers its programs coast to coast with a collaborative network of like-minded organizations through their community, strategic and referral partners. They work together with more than 4,550 volunteers to champion youth entrepreneurship in local communities and help guide young people through the business start-up process. Entrepreneurs can access up to $45,000 in start-up financing, pre-launch expertise, online business resources and industry leading one-to-one business mentoring. In addition, they also offer up to $30,000 in expansion financing through the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). 

Established in 1996, CYBF has invested in more than 5,600 young entrepreneurs across Canada, whose businesses have created over 23,000 new jobs and $163.6 million in tax revenue. CYBF has been recognized as a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship, is a founding member of the global G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance (G20 YEA), the Canadian member of the Prince’s Youth Business International and the Canadian Host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (November 18-24, 2013).

An exciting networking opportunity is also made available to CYBF entrepreneurs, mentors and business champions from across Canada through the Entrepeer platform on Linkedin. Founded in partnership with The Keg Spirit Foundation, Entrepeer brings this community together and helps members build lasting relationships with their peers. 

The Canadian Youth Business Foundation invites young entrepreneurs to watch their video to learn more about the inspiring ways that CYBF helps young Canadian entrepreneurs move Canada’s economy forward.

By Stephen Hanley

While Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal were already a success and the Vancouver event is sold out. We are still looking for participants in Calgary and Edmonton. 

Interested funders and entrepreneurs can register directly on the Funding Roadshow’s web site at http://fundingroadshow.com/

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