The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), an international movement designed to inspire millions of young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity through entrepreneurs. Through events and activities the week of November 14th until 20th, people in countries across the world will celebrate the success of entrepreneurs and inspire more people to follow their passion and choose entrepreneurship.
This year, CYBF’s flagship activity will be YOU Innovate Canada – a national tournament that challenges Canadians 16 and older to turn their minds to creating new value out of an everyday object. As a lead-up to the tournament, this upcoming Monday, September 26th, CYBF be revealing an “Everyday Object.” YOU Innovate Canada participants will then be faced with the challenge to take that object, create a new innovation, define its value and submit a brief video about their innovation for the chance to win their a share of $25,000 in CASH prizes and an all-expense paid trip to the UK. Check out more details YOU Innovate contest here.
Christi Millar, Alberta Director for CYBF, says “One of the things that we’re doing nationally for GEW is the CYBF YOU Innovate Tournament. It’s based on a concept coming out of Stanford that I saw utilized at Mount Royal University last year. It’s pretty powerful – and really demonstrates that the spark of a great business idea really does come from looking at things in different ways.
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) was established in 1996, and since then, the not-for-profit organization has invested in more than 4,500 young Canadians who have established businesses that have created 18,000 new jobs, $125M in tax revenue, and hundreds of millions of dollars in sales and export revenues.
Contest kicks off September 26th with the announcement of the top secret, everyday household object. October 18th is the closing date for submissions. Public voting ends October 25th. During the Global Entrepreneurship week, all of the regional winners will be announced leading up to the National Award winner announcement on November 20th.
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