Mashup Lab has worked over the past year with Cape Breton University and Unama’ki College to develop and execute an Indigenous Youth Entrepreneurship Program.
In June 2021 with the Cape Breton Partnership we launched a new cohort for the Indigenous Youth Entrepreneurship Program in Potlotek. This important program shows the value in investing in the youth of today to help create the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
The project became when the Cape Breton Partnership lead an extensive research study about the barriers to entrepreneurship for females and First Nations communities. This research showed there was a need for youth training in these communities so that they could learn about entrepreneurship at a young age and explore the option of starting their own business and it becoming a viable business.
This is the third cohort since the program began that Mashup Lab has lead in the organization and faciliation. Each program consists of four weeks of training, which includes skills development, followed by an eight-week work placement of the participants’ choice
The first two cohorts in late 2020 and early 2021 were held in person. This cohort in Potlotek’s is being executed virtually there has been a great turn out!
The program is designed for youth between the ages of 15-30 and has plans to run two programs after this one, one in We’koqma’q and one in Wagmatcook, both located within the Bras d’Or Lake Biosphere region.