This program wrapped up in March 2022 and is not open for registration at this time.
Leading The Way is a new program that aims to discuss topics that really matter to young entrepreneurs in 2021, provides a space for connecting with friends or meeting new ones to grow their businesses or ideas, and giving young leaders across PEI a chance to network and exchange ideas that will shape the future of PEI’s business community.
Exclusive Offer: Participants in the Leading The Way program will also have the opportunity to apply for an exclusive $2500.00 Micro-Grant only offered to participants in this program. The Micro-Grant will help start or grow the participant's business well in the future.
The program will run from Thursday, October 7th to Tuesday, December 14th and sees participants meet bi-weekly in a mixture of virtual and in-person meetings and listen, learn and engage with a range of speakers on important topics identified as of particular interest for those under 30 focused on business and entrepreneurship.
Networking and how to make lasting connections to grow your business
Promoting mental health and self confidence as a young entrepreneur
How to easily navigate funding opportunities, finances and legal information
Diversity and inclusion in business
Authentically marketing & branding your business for 2021 and beyond
Doing business in a smaller location like PEI
Women supporting women in business
After each speaker presentation, the group will discuss the material and participate in informal peer-to-peer mentoring activities. During the program, participants will have the opportunity to meet like-minded peers in a fun and relaxed environment, exchange knowledge, and build important relationships that will be instrumental to helping their businesses grow.
At the end of the program, participants will gain an invaluable amount of knowledge, a wide network to engage with and the confidence to start or grow their business on PEI and beyond. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!
Wrap Up Event - March 24, 2022 - Celebration of Young Women Entrepreneurs
We wrapped up this program with a special event that featured an inspiring panel of young Island businesswomen, hosted by Julie Ann Gauthier and Stephanie Perrault-Bittner from Thriving Tides Podcast, and joined with Rebecca Kozak of Cherry on Top Creamery and Kaitlyn Reher of Simply For Life.
Congratulations to the 10 successful recipients of the Leading The Way $2,500 Micro-Grants announced at the event:
We wish you luck in building & growing your businesses!
A huge thank you to Rodd Charlottetown for hosting our event, The Thriving Tides Podcast for the panel moderation, artist Nikkie Gallant for awesome live music, Millicent Mckay for the photographs, and everyone who attended.
For all those who could not attend our Celebration of Young Women Entrepreneurs event, the video of our inspiring panel of young Island businesswomen is now online : click HERE to watch it.
Two of the Micro Grant recipients, Melanie Roias and Stephanie Omonibo were interviewed on CBC Prince Edward Island and talked about their business and the difference the grant will make on their development. Click HERE to listen to it.