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Top 3 benefits of Futurpreneur’s Indigenous Entrepreneur Startup Program

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The journey of entrepreneurship can be challenging, but with the right support and resources, it can also be incredibly rewarding. For young aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs, Futurpreneur’s Indigenous Entrepreneur Startup Program (IESP) provides invaluable support to help turn business dreams into reality. Here are the top three benefits of the IESP:

1. An all-Indigenous team supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs

One of the key strengths of the IESP is that it is led by an all-Indigenous team. Our team brings deep understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities that Indigenous entrepreneurs encounter. They provide customized programming tailored to the diverse needs of Indigenous communities across Canada. This culturally aligned support ensures that young Indigenous entrepreneurs feel understood, supported, and empowered to succeed in their business endeavours.

Dustin Murdock, founder of Adapt Physical Therapy in Winnipeg, shares his experience: “When I was first starting to open a business, I was looking at different options for support. The first thing that came up was Futurpreneur. So, I looked into it and realized there’s an Indigenous program I thought would be a good fit for me.”

2. Ohpikiwin Workshop Series: financial knowledge through an Indigenous lens

The IESP proudly includes the Ohpikiwin: Journey to financial empowerment workshop series. This series is designed to empower young aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs with financial knowledge, tailored through an Indigenous perspective. Participants in these workshops gain a deeper understanding of the power of credit and learn how to leverage it to support and strengthen their communities. Presented through an Indigenous lens, this series ensures the content is both relatable and resonant for future Indigenous entrepreneurs.

3. Comprehensive support: loans, mentorship, and resources

The IESP offers more than just financial support. In addition to a startup loan, participants receive one-on-one mentorship and access to a wide range of resources to help them start, buy, or grow their businesses. This holistic approach ensures that Indigenous entrepreneurs are well-equipped to navigate the complexities of running a business. Since Futurpreneur’s launch in 1996, we have supported approximately 1,000 Indigenous-led businesses on the path to success.

Danielle Drudge further emphasizes the value of this comprehensive support: “Futurpreneur offered me a startup loan and helped me do a lot of research that I wasn’t even aware of, that I needed.”

Empowering Indigenous entrepreneurs for inclusive economic prosperity

Futurpreneur’s Indigenous Entrepreneur Startup Program reflects our commitment to empowering young aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs. By providing culturally relevant support and resources, led by our all-Indigenous team, we are committed to playing an important role in advancing Reconciliation. Our team’s unique insights and experiences ensure that the support provided is resonant and meaningful, fostering inclusive economic prosperity in communities across Canada.

To learn more about Futurpreneur’s Indigenous Entrepreneur Startup Program, click here.

Source: Futurpreneur Canada

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