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Has Been Fuelling The Entrepreneurial Passions Of Young Canadians Since 1996

More than 13,400 young Canadian entrepreneurs, located in small towns and cities from coast to coast to coast, have successfully launched businesses with Futurpreneur’s support. As the only national nonprofit organization in Canada that provides financing, mentorship and resources to aspiring business owners aged 18-39, we’re here to help the next generation of businesses succeed.

Futurpreneur offers the following to aspiring young entrepreneurs:
Pre-Launch Coaching: Our knowledgeable Entrepreneurs-in-Residence help young entrepreneurs turn their ideas into businesses.

Online Resources: Our Business Resource Centre provides a range of free tools, articles and an interactive Business Plan Writer to help entrepreneurs create a viable business plan.

Financing: Entrepreneurs can receive up to $60,000 in loan financing from Futurpreneur and our partner, the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC).

Mentoring: We offer all our clients up to two years of business mentoring through our industry-leading mentoring program.

Futurpreneur is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week.
To learn more about how you can benefit from our startup financing, mentorship and resources, visit our website: https://www.futurpreneur.ca/innovate

Innovative Small Businesses in Vancouver:

Resilient, creative, and innovative, Futurpreneur Canada’s young entrepreneurs are leaders in their respective industries. These three case studies are just a few inspiring examples of how Vancouver’s young business owners are charting a path to a brighter future!
Nada is an innovative sustainability-focused small business. Their package-free grocery store is on a mission to directly connect people to food, championing a community food system by linking buyers to suppliers and offering healthy, unpackaged products. Nada uses an innovative approach to tackle and reduce waste in the supply chain by choosing to support vendors that prioritize sustainability in their packaging choices, product design and raw ingredient sourcing.
Their program includes three main tenets:
A supplier container return program, in which local suppliers deliver shipments in reusable containers (from totes to bins to containers and growlers).
Switching up packaging when using reusable items isn’t possible, so they look for alternative ways to reduce waste. This might mean swapping virgin materials for 100% recycled content or compostable options, replacing single-use items like pallet shrink wrap with reusable moving blankets or removing the packaging altogether. A “surplus food challenge,” which involves championing businesses that are reducing surplus food in their manufacturing, using imperfect or recovered ingredients in their sourcing, or supporting food insecure households via donations.

Formation Studio, a dance-based group fitness studio, opened a few months before the onset of COVID-19 in Canada. At the time, they were dealing with setting up their space, and launching was taking longer than expected. When COVID hit, Saschie MacLean was worried about her business but reacted quickly to close the studio and take her classes online.
Saschie and the Formation Studio’s team quickly invested in quality performance video equipment and used their skills to create a high-quality digital streaming experience, an innovative move that put them ahead of their competition. Over the following months, her membership attracted many more types of clients to her business. Saschie has also introduced “bubble classes,” with the same people attending every week in order to keep the group consistent.

Casca Designs Inc. saw a gap in the market for footwear that blends aesthetics with usability and sustainability. Thanks to innovative technology that increases efficiency and reduces waste, one pair of Casca shoes is meant to replace several pairs of typical shoes.
The co-founders noted that the footwear industry is among the most wasteful in the world. Being innovative both with sustainability and design, they created a shoe that has potential to be much lower impact from an environmental standpoint.
Casca’s founders worked with orthotic experts in a lab, analyzing products and learning about how feet are the foundation for the entire body’s alignment.
The company pioneered a system of custom-printed insoles, FootB3D, which delivers a precise fit and comfort through a second patented orthotic support system, Lift OS. Customers can choose between waterproof leather and knit shoe styles, and then download the Casca app to scan each foot with three photographs. From there, a 3D model is generated to design the printed insoles.
Casca hopes to fully decentralize the supply chain by manufacturing 100% custom-fit shoes in-store by 2029. The company’s co-founders are excited to build the future of footwear for the Vancouver community.

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