From November 18 to 24, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, nearly 100 mentoring events in communities across Canada paired local entrepreneurs with business leaders, financial and marketing experts, and inspiring role models as part of the Canadian Mentorship Challenge.
“Connections made in a mentoring environment can be major turning points that transform an entrepreneur’s business, career, and life,” explains Victoria Lennox, CEO of Startup Canada. “That advice from an expert, inspiring story heard, or connection made outside of a regular circle of contacts—these can all strongly influence an entrepreneur’s path, and more important, set them up for a better chance at success."
“We’re so pleased with the tremendous success of this initiative and how it has connected young entrepreneurs with the invaluable advice and encouragement they need to be successful,” added Julia Deans, CEO of CYBF. “Organizations and individuals eagerly took on the challenge, resulting in over 10,000 people being mentored in one week, and individuals and ideas connecting in ways that are certain to spur and grow our country’s entrepreneurial activity well into the future.”
The Challenge was also used to recognize Canada’s Top 10 Mentor Rock Stars, individuals nominated by their communities for their acts of leadership and community development. One-on-one interviews with each of the 10 Mentor Rock Stars can be found here. The final winner of the Canadian Mentorship Challenge will be announced in December.