YES Entrepreneur Challenge

New Relationship Trust First Nations BC YES

The Young Entrepreneurs Symposium (YES) is proud to present the YES Entrepreneurial Challenge. This challenge features CASH PRIZES and is open to all previous delegates of YES who reside in Canada.

If you have been thinking of starting a business, or you already have a business and need a boost of funding – we want to hear your innovative business ideas!

20 projects will be selected to receive $5,000.



If you have attended YES and are currently living in Canada, you are eligible to apply.

Application Open Date: November 25, 2020

Application Close Date: January 18, 2021



We are looking to fund your innovative business or business ideas. You can pitch any idea or business, so long as it meets the below criteria:


  1. Ideas must be ready to launch within 4 months, achievable with the amount of awarded funding, and sustainable beyond completion of this challenge
  2. Ideas should reflect innovative ways to promote indigenous values, cultures and economies


We welcome all of our previous YES delegates to approach us with any idea – creativity is highly encouraged!


How to Apply:

For this challenge, each applicant must pitch their entrepreneurial idea using the two below items:


  1. Project Proposal, Slide Deck OR Business Plan:
    • Include a detailed description of your idea
    • Contain a feasible budget and timeline
    • Brief reflection on how to operate your business/idea during the COVID-19 Pandemic
  1. Presentation or Video that supports and describes your idea:
    • Videos should be 5 minutes or shorter
    • Explain and support your proposal
    • Demonstrate the idea, service or product (optional)

Tip: Use your presentation or video to sell your idea. Applications where we can see and/or hear your passion will stand out to the reviewing committee.


How we score:

Each application will be scored based on the following criteria:


  1. Does the submission meet the criteria?
  2. Does it describe how they will operate their business/idea during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  3. Is the video 5 minutes or shorter, and does it capture their proposal well?
  4. How creative is the idea, and did they present their submission well?

YES Entrepreneur Challenge –

Open until January 5, 2021


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