Minister launches Future Entrepreneurs program
WHITBY, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - Enterprise, Opportunity and Innovation Minister Jim Flaherty brought the spirit of entrepreneurship to grade 8 students at Glen Dhu School in Whitby today, as he launched the province's Future Entrepreneurs program.
The program is designed to help teachers introduce an entrepreneurial spirit and skill set to grade 7 and 8 students. It gives students the opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and enterprise, and to recognize the benefits that entrepreneurs bring to a society.
"Entrepreneurs are the backbone of our economy, and a key priority of this government is to foster an entrepreneurial spirit and to develop skills in our young people," said Flaherty. "Grade 7 and 8 students are at an ideal age to start learning about the world of entrepreneurship and enterprise, and to start building skills which will last a lifetime."
Future Entrepreneurs is part of the government's Young Entrepreneurs Strategy, and complements two other programs: Summer Company, which provides awards to help enterprising young people, aged 15 to 29, start up and run their own summer business; and My Company, a business start-up loan program in partnership with the Royal Bank, for young people aged 18 to 29.
"The Future Entrepreneurs program takes a broad look into the world of entrepreneurship, exploring the importance of enterprising skills and how they can be applied to any kind of endeavour," said Flaherty. "We are helping young students to develop the attributes and skills associated with entrepreneurs, including creativity, innovation, self-confidence and planning."
Future Entrepreneurs will be implemented in classrooms starting this school semester, and will continue to be available to Ontario schools until at least 2005.
For more information, visit www.ontario-canada.com
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For further information: Dan Miles, Minister's Office, (416) 325-6795