(MONTREAL, QC) May 2, 2023 – Enactus Saint Mary’s was named 2023 TD Entrepreneurship Challenge National Champion today by Canada’s largest experiential learning platform, Enactus Canada, and program supporter TD Bank Group.
The team from Saint Mary’s University created Options Online with the goal of providing free, entrepreneurial education to at-risk youth through a series of learn-at-your-own-pace online workshops. This year the team has certified 23 youth who completed their Options Online learning cohort.
“Entrepreneurship is a pillar of the Canadian economy” said Allyson Hewitt, President & CEO of Enactus Canada. “Our long-standing support from TD Bank Group has enabled students to play a key role in the long-term economic success of thousands of Canadians through entrepreneurial action.”
“Congratulations to Enactus Saint Mary’s University, our 2023 TD Entrepreneurship Challenge National Champion!” says Robyn Small, Senior Manager, Philanthropy, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, TD Bank Group. “As part of our corporate citizenship platform, the TD Ready Commitment, we are proud to support Enactus Canada in empowering a new generation of entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about building a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. Through their projects and ventures, Enactus next-gen leaders are helping open doors to new opportunities geared towards improving income stability across the country.”
The TD Entrepreneurship Challenge is a national competition empowering post-secondary students to develop and deliver projects that teach entrepreneurial skills to aspiring and existing entrepreneurs. Since 2007, 22,685 students have delivered 2,671 entrepreneurship projects, exposing 283,203 people to entrepreneurship as a viable career path and helping 8,212 people gain employment.
Student teams demonstrated the impact of their entrepreneurship projects to panels of business executives today at the Enactus Canada National Exposition, which is taking place for the first time ever in Montreal, in partnership with Tourism Montreal.
The annual three-day event unites hundreds of delegates – including the country’s brightest university and college students, academic professionals and top Canadian CEOs – to enable progress by supporting entrepreneurial action through competition, recognition and education.
For more information about the event, competition updates, and results, visit: enactus.ca/events/national-exposition
ABOUT ENACTUS CANADA: Enactus Canada, a national charity and the country’s largest post-secondary experiential learning platform, is shaping entrepreneurial leaders who are passionate about advancing the economic, social and environmental health of Canada. Guided by academic advisors and business experts, more than 3,000 post-secondary students led 188 community empowerment projects and business ventures last year in communities coast to coast, directly impacting over 30,000 lives.
As a global network of 33 countries, Enactus uses the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. For more information, visit enactus.ca.
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