Entrepreneurs of the future

Anthony Abbondanza
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Dawson College hosts second annual ‘EWeek’ Nov. 18-21 to support young entrepreneurs.

Ilana Ben Ari, the Montreal founder of Twenty One Toys, at last year’s inaugural ‘EWeek’ at Dawson College.

Over a thousand students will descend upon Dawson College as it hosts the second annual ‘EWeek’ November 18-21 as part of the school’s ‘Entrepreneur Week.’ Seven Centres Locaux de Developpement (CLD) and Corporation de Developpement Economique Communautaire (CDEC) are sponsoring the event and will be on site to provide support.

“Since our mission, in part, is to promote entrepreneurship among young people, it is with great pleasure that we have agreed to sponsor and support Entrepreneurship Week at Dawson College”, explains Mr. Daniel Dicaire, executive director of CDEC St. Laurent.

Featured during the week will be information kiosks by organizations that support entrepreneurship, conferences, workshops, and ‘speed date’ meetings with entrepreneurs.

“It’s geared towards young people. It really tries to help them develop their entrepreneurial spirit,” said Guy Bazinet, one of the many organizers of the event. “It’s to inform young people what’s available to them if they consider starting a business.”

After last year’s demonstrable success, CLD West Island decided it was an opportune time to get involved with Dawson College’s ‘Entrepreneur Week.’

“I think it’s a very good initiative from Dawson College. Especially with the new tech start-ups we’re seeing more and more of. We at the CLD are very oriented towards these new types of companies. We want to attract innovative entrepreneurs,” said Nicolas Roy, general manager at CLD West Island. 

The organization, along with the rest of the CLD and CDEC network, will be on hand to provide information regarding available support services to aspiring entrepreneurs.

Among these services are technical support in the preparation of a business plan and financial support through the ‘Young Entrepreneurs Grant’ program, as well as the possibility of a loan or loan guarantee through the local investment fund.

Those interested in launching a business may contact the CLD or CDEC of their area. For more information, visit www.lescld.org or www.lescdec.org.


Organizations: Dawson College, CDEC, Corporation de Developpement Economique Communautaire

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