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Oct 16, 2013
Recognizing that aboriginal business owners are a growing sector across Canada despite having less access to funding and support networks, a new program launched locally earlier this month seeks to provide mentoring services and financial support for First Nations’ start-ups.
Spearheaded by the WEtech Alliance and supported by the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment, RBC and Union Gas, the eight-week Supporting Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneurship in Windsor and Essex program offers 20 young entrepreneurs seminars on business fundamentals, marketing, financing and social media.
At the end of the eight weeks, all 20 will be given a chance to pitch their business ideas to a judging panel and four will then be offered an opportunity to move into the Downtown Business Accelerator rent-free for six months to help them establish their new businesses.