Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE LEAGUE OF INNOVATORS?
League of Innovators (LOI) is a national Canadian charity with a goal of building entrepreneurial acumen for youth 15-25 years old, at scale. League of Innovators is a suite of accessible programs and tools to provide youth educational experiences that shorten their path to success, empower their ability to be their own boss, and amplify their impact as future innovators and entrepreneurs. From discovery to acceleration, we are mobilizing the next generation of entrepreneurs to build the businesses of tomorrow today. We are building entrepreneurial acumen from the ground up.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
The League of Innovators was founded by Ryan Holmes, the CEO and founder of Hootsuite. He serves as board chair and is joined by John Ruffolo, Marc Kielburger, Chad Bayne, Manny Padda, Manu Goswami. Learn more about our Board here. We are proud to be partnering with leading companies including Shaw Communications, Hootsuite, Royal Bank of Canada, Flight Centre Corporate Traveller, Ernst & Young, SAP, Microsoft Canada, Osler, Thinkific and Einstein Company. Learn more about our partners here.
WHERE ARE PROGRAMS OFFERED?
The League of Innovators is a national charity and our programs are offered to youth online andin person. Our live and in-person programs and events are currently being offered in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto with expansion to Ottawa and Victoria planned for 2018. Our aim is to be across the country in every province in 3 years, and perhaps some extra special events in additional cities across North America.
WHY IS YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR EDUCATION IMPORTANT?
Entrepreneurial education is becoming exceedingly more important in the 21st century economy. Doing and excelling at business requires visionary leadership and a suite of intra-preneurs to lead disruption and innovation. As over 85% of Canada’s economy is SMEs, we are a country built on entrepreneurship. This combined with over 45% of youth under 25 under or unemployed, LOI recognizes the opportunity for the next generation.
We believe that entrepreneur education provides three Es: providing equality, providing free education in entrepreneurship means youth across the country in both urban and rural and remote regions can access education to help change their career trajectory and their communities; providing empowerment, giving youth the confidence to lead innovation, and finally growing economy meaning our youth can provide real solutions to real problems, building businessesand economy and strengthening our communities.
IS THERE A COST FOR THE PROGRAMS?
Thanks to generous program partners, our offerings are available at no cost to participants. Our aim is to ensure no student is denied access to our entrepreneurship if they are interested
HOW CAN YOUNG PEOPLE GET INVOLVED?
- If you are between the ages of 15 and 25 you can get involved with League of Innovators in several different ways.
- If you are curious to explore entrepreneurship and innovation, please check out our online sessions at www.theleagueofinnovators.com/onlinesessions.
- If you want to have a more immersive experience into entrepreneurship please sign up for one of our local Crash Courses or join one of Master Mind Chapters www.theleagueofinnovators.com
- If you have a business idea or are running a scalable business please reach out, you may be the right for our LOI Launch programs, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Watch our LOI: Live Pitch Show with Ryan Holmes https://www.facebook.com/LOILivePitch/
- If you are checking out who we are what we do, follow us on social media.
Instagram - @LeagueofInnovators
Twitter - @LOIUnplugged
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WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?
The League of Innovators was created for youth by like-minded entrepreneurs. This organization delivers the essential education necessary to support youth from discovery of entrepreneurship and innovation right through the acceleration of high-growth businesses. Our next generation will be the leaders and disruptors of our economy and communities, LOI aims to support not only youth with a trajectory into traditional business but open the door to fostering a diverse business community with gender-equality that celebrates all the unique businesses and their leaders that make up our economy. All aspects of the programming is developed to engage, introduce and motivate youth of all educational backgrounds to explore entrepreneurship and innovation. This is the only program in Canada accessible to youth with no barriers in academic or financial barriers. ability.
WHAT DOES SUCCESS LOOK LIKE?
Success for LOI can be measured in many different ways. The organization aims to engage 20,000 Canadian youth over the next three years through our programming funnel. Over the three years we anticipate an investment of $15 million into youth-led businesses through LOI Launch. In its first year, the organization aims to support the entrepreneurial education of 7,500 youth across Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, making a commitment of over $500,000 per province in free entrepreneurial education for youth under 25.
Our aim as an organization is to effectively support high growth youth-led businesses to make their entry and impact in our economy, create programming that help youth think innovatively about their careers and showing how youth can create dynamic impact in business.
Introducing and teaching entrepreneurial skills will create our next generation of entrepreneurial leaders, but will also build our next generation of workforce to be ready to work in the start-up world, support and disrupt within companies as intrapreneurs, creating dynamic impact while being empowered to make choices and create career with meaning and impact in their own lives.
WHAT ARE THE BARRIERS FOR YOUTH IN PURSUING ENTREPRENEURSHIP?
Youth have significant and real barriers to pursuing entrepreneurial ventures, whether they are in high school, university or through academic transition periods. Those barriers include credibility, experience, access to funding, access to networks, and access to know how. They simply don’t know what they don’t know.