Be Entrepreneurial

Inspirer les élèves de 3e secondaire (9e année) à la 1re année de cégep (12e année) à lancer des entreprises, créer des emplois et stimuler l’économie canadienne

Securing traditional jobs is becoming increasingly difficult for youth. According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate for youth between the ages of 15 and 24 is more than double that of the overall Canadian unemployment rate.

In this challenging job market, entrepreneurs are the key to job growth. Many Canadian youth have the passion to launch their own businesses to create jobs for themselves and others. However, the skills that young people need to run businesses aren’t taught in most schools.

JA's Be Entrepreneurial program inspires grade 9-12 students to imagine a business venture while still in school. Volunteers from the local business community partner with classroom teachers to ignite students' entrepreneurial spirit and help them create business plans.

La réussite ensemble

Each year, $425 million can be attributed directly to the entrepreneurial activities of Achievers.*

*The Boston Consulting Group (2011 report)

In this interactive, in-class program students will:

  • Receive an introduction to entrepreneurship

  • Understand why planning is key to starting a business

  • Identify products or services they can take to market

  • Determine their competitive advantage and define a target market

  • Lay the foundation for a venture and develop a business strategy

  • Learn what resources are available to help them move forward with their entrepreneurial dreams

By the end of Be Entrepreneurial, students will have created their own business plan. They will inspire them to see new opportunities, innovate and start businesses.

Download the Be Entrepreneurial Program Sheet

Use the links below for more information about getting involved with Be Entrepreneurial.

To check program availability for Charters outside of Ontario, Manitoba and Prince Edward Island, or for more information about Be Entrepreneurial, contact your local JA office.

Program availability
Central Ontario
London and District
Northern and Eastern Ontario
South Western Ontario
South Western Ontario
Prince Edward Island


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