Futurpreneur just recently announced the launch of the Ohpikiwin Series, focused on Indigenous economic inclusion and resilience to help young, aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs develop deeper business and entrepreneurship skills. In partnership with Youth Business International, supported by Accenture, this new offering is part of our Indigenous Entrepreneur Startup Program (IESP).
TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Futurpreneur is pleased to announce the launch of an all-new informative series dedicated to the financial empowerment of young Indigenous aspiring entrepreneurs. Futurpreneur is a member of the Youth Business International (YBI) global network and the program is part of Accenture’s investment in a more equitable future through its Skills to Succeed initiative. On behalf of Futurpreneur, Indigenuity Consulting Group Inc., an Indigenous-owned company, will complete community engagement round-tables, surveys, and interviews to help guide Futurpreneur’s collaboration and work alongside various Indigenous communities, community members, elders, knowledge keepers, entrepreneurs and Indigenous led organizations to co-create the Ohpikiwin Series: Journey to financial empowerment. The Series will focus on Indigenous economic inclusion and resilience to assist aspiring entrepreneurs in developing their business financial capacity and entrepreneurship skills through an Indigenous worldview to foster Indigenous economic empowerment and prosperity.
“As part of our work helping diverse young entrepreneurs start and succeed, we are committed to creating inclusive resources that are empowering, informative, and community-focused. Ohpikiwin Series will be co-designed in collaboration with Indigenous community leaders and entrepreneurs and delivered in partnership with Youth Business International and Accenture as part of our Indigenous Entrepreneur Startup Program (IESP) to further drive economic inclusion and resilience of Indigenous communities,” said Karen Greve Young, CEO of Futurpreneur.
Greve Young added, “We recognize that young, Indigenous aspiring business owners disproportionally face systemic socio-economic barriers to success when seeking to start and grow a business. The Ohpikiwin Series will offer programming that is co-created with Indigenous subject matter experts in the community and led by a team with lived experience, so Indigenous youth can see themselves as entrepreneurs helping drive the economy and achieving economic self-determination.”
Commenting on the name of the series, Holly Atjecoutay, Director of Futurpreneur’s Indigenous Entrepreneur Startup Program explained that “Ohpikiwin means ‘growth’ in Cree,” which is one of many First Nation groups in Canada and she added, “it resonated with us for its meaning, which aligns with my team’s overarching goal to continue to grow the number of Indigenous-owned businesses started, and to foster Indigenous economic growth and resilience nationwide.”
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