The event allowed participants the chance to workshop, develop and pitch their business ideas. (CBC) A wild-game catering company, adventure trips for French tourists and a community grocery store: these are the kinds of ideas being developed at Start-up Nations.
The event brings together nine teams of First Nations youth from across Quebec.
As they converge at Concordia this weekend, these young entrepreneurs get a chance to workshop ideas, develop and ultimately pitch.
Organizer Karine Awashish said one of the goals of the event is to help participants develop the confidence to realize their projects.
"Together, we are strong. Together we can collaborate and put together our knowledge and experience," she said. Karine Awashish is one of the organizers of the event. (CBC) For Concordia, hosting the event helps the university build relationships with diverse communities.
The director of Concordia’s community economic development program, Anna Kruzynski, said many Indigenous entrepreneurs like to start with their community in mind.
"These youth have identified a need in their community, so their project or their collective enterprise has a social mission," said Kruzynski.
"What it is, is communities taking charge of their economy." Jordan Jerome attended Start-up Nations Saturday. (CBC) Participant Jordan Jerome told CBC he would love to fix cars for a living and move to his ancestral home of Gesgapegiag on the Gaspé Peninsula.
"My business idea is to open up a garage in all the communities, mainly my community … and then have youth involved," he said.
Jerome sees a lot of potential for his automotive shop, and the positive impact it could have on his rural Mi’kmaq nation.
"I wanna boost the community’s economy, I wanna get involved with the community," said Jerome.
With files from Simon Nakonechny
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