Twenty successful applicants have been chosen to participate in the third annual Kawartha Backcountry Entrepreneurship Experience underway on August 25 – 27, an adventure by FastStart Peterborough – a youth entrepreneurship training partnership that brings together Trent University, Fleming College, and the Innovation Cluster.
The twenty applicants were announced at E-Connect on August 8. Between the ages of 18 – 29, the chosen applicants are:
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“This trip provides an experience for youth to get out of their comfort zone,” says Rosalea Terry, Marketing Manager and Innovation Specialist of the Cluster. “They learn how to handle new situations and build relationships with other like-minded peers.”
The three-day event starts out at the Innovation Cluster’s downtown incubator for a classroom warm up. They’ll learn topics such as defining target markets, conducting market research, building a business model canvas, and “how to pitch your venture like a rock star” throughout the first day.
The top 20 will hit the ground running on day two for a weekend full of canoeing, camping, and other outdoor activities, providing a team-building adventure while also implementing their own enterprise.
Michael Skinner, President and CEO of the Innovation Cluster, says that the focus of the event is both to inspire new entrepreneurs and help existing entrepreneurs to network and build their skill set.
“The Kawartha Backcountry Entrepreneurship Experience will require the group to share and exchange business solutions, as well as the basic skills that are a necessity throughout their future entrepreneurial journey,” said Skinner.
Many entrepreneurs who have went on the trip in the past were able to take their business plan and launch it off the ground. Elyse Kellar joined FastStart a year ago and has since made her business Your Custom Signs a hit on Etsy.
Other various businesses such as web design and healthcare technology have also been created from entrepreneurs from past trips.
“Going on the trip helped me get out of my comfort zone and welcome new situations with an open mind,” says Kellar.
After the third annual trip, 20 more youth will have gained the skills to be able to thrive in Peterborough and the Kawarthas as an entrepreneur.