YELL is looking for business leaders and entrepreneurs who are passionate about youth and mentoring. You will be sharing your experience, expertise and connections to assist a group of young aspiring entrepreneurs taking YELL's accredited high school entrepreneurship class. Your guidance will help them come up with and validate a venture idea that they will pitch at our Annual Venture Challenge to investors and industry leaders in Spring 2019.
Click here to fill out our volunteer application form!
YELL and SFU are creating new pathways for youth entrepreneurship
“We hope this ground-breaking partnership helps legitimize the importance of entrepreneurial learning to high school students. The fact is, many trades people, lawyers, doctors, athletes, artists, and scientists start their own business at some point, but more than that, entrepreneurial skills teach youth how to adapt in the fast-paced and changing economy we see.” —David Cameron, Executive Director of YELL
Youth Entrepreneurship Leadership Launchpad (YELL) Canada and Simon Fraser University (SFU) announced on May 14th, the 2018 Venture Challenge, that they intend to work together to create a first for high school students in Canada. The two organizations will work together to explore a pilot in which students who complete the YELL program in high-school would be able to receive university credit toward an entrepreneurship credential at SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
Applications for YELL 2018 are still open!
Do you hate being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Apply to YELL and take an early step towards your career. Do you want to chat with local leaders who have extraordinary life stories? Are you thrilled to turn your ideas into reality? If you answer yes to the any of the above questions, take this opportunity to be a part of something bigger! We’re investing in youth to change the future, come join us today!
Click to apply to YELL 2018 and begin your journey now!
Interview with 2018 Venture Challenge Winners!
“Our current dietary habits are destroying the environment and the well-being of our planet. Animal agriculture is responsible for 18% of greenhouse gas emissions, that’s more than the combined exhaust from all transportation. People need to be searching for sustainable protein replacements.” – Prize Catch, 2018 Venture Challenge winning team.
With this in mind Griffin Dent, Teva Zanker, Liam Ryan and Dayne Hack, four high school students from North Vancouver, set themselves on a mission to solve the global food crisis by providing a scalable, environmentally sustainable source of healthy protein: premium cricket-fed Atlantic salmon! This is the concept behind “Prize Catch”, the 2018 Venture Challenge winning venture idea.
But why crickets? Click to read the full interview.
Venture Challenge - May 14, 2018
Join us as we celebrate, inspire, and showcase Western Canada’s brightest and most engaged young entrepreneurs aged 10-18.