Entrepreneurs giving a helping hand to younger entrepreneurs

by Chris Arsenault

I love drive and initiative. Don;t wait, do it and see what happens approach to life’s challenges. Ok, in this case, the deadline to apply is really short (May 25th) but you have to give it to these young entrepreneurs, they reached out and they are making things happen.

“The Young Entrepreneurs’ Club is an initiative to help foster youth entrepreneurship in Canada. It is a 10-week launchpad program that brings Canada’s top young entrepreneurs together on a weekly basis to learn from an established expert. At the end of the summer, they will pitch their businesses to a group of investors. YEC will accept 10 young Canadians that are high potential founders to form a ‘class’ of other young entrepreneurs going through the same thing, connect them with 10 top Canadian entrepreneurs and CEOs (confirmed speakers include a founder of Grocery Gateway and CEO of Claymore Investments) who will provide weekly education over a 10 week period, and culminate in a pitch session where participants have the opportunity to pitch their refined business ideas to angel investors.”

Think of it as 10 x 10 x 10 + 1: 10 founders, 10 prominent speakers, 10 weeks,  1 culminating pitch session to angels.

Applications in the form of resume and cover letter are due May 25th. Please visit www.youngentrepreneursclub.ca for more information

More info on the Young Entrepreneurs’ Club:

The YEC team is currently made up of Jennifer Turliuk, Ahmad Iqbal, Jeremy Einhorn and Rameez Gulam. Jennifer, Ahmad, and Jeremy each at one point ran the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition, Canada’s largest international undergraduate business plan competition, which has been featured in the New York Times and has $25,000 in cash prizes. They are experienced with supporting entrepreneurs and know what is needed to make them successful.

Jennifer Turliuk

Jennifer Turliuk holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University and is the Assistant Brand Manager of Tide at Procter & Gamble, where she leads the digital strategy for all the Fabric Care brands and the launch of the biggest initiative in 27 years on P&G’s biggest brand, Tide Pods (laundry unit dose). She has 3 years of experience organizing Canada’s largest international undergraduate business plan competition, the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition, most recently as Co-Chair. Jennifer subsequently developed a concept for a wireless internet startup while on exchange in Australia that led her to place second in two international business plan competitions (in Canada and Brazil) and be written up in the New York Times. She also has her own DJing business (www.djturly.com) and has DJ’d at many events and nightclubs including one of the top ten black tie events in the world (according to David Letterman). In her spare time, she enjoys kiteboarding and salsa dancing.

Ahmad Iqbal

Ahmad is a third culture kid, having lived in eight countries before arriving in Canada to attend Queen’s School of Business. During his schooling in Kingston, Ahmad invested his time and energy into the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition trying to help other young innovators achieve their business goals. It was here Ahmad was bit by the entrepreneurship bug and since graduating has embarked on his own journey to build a successful business. He is currently a partner in Atendy.com; he and his business partner have recently opened a satellite office in China. Ahmad has high hopes for YEC and would like to see it established as Canada’s premier club for business savvy risk takers.

Jeremy Einhorn

Jeremy received his Honours Bachelor of Commerce at Queen’s University where he specialized in Sales Communication and Strategy. He currently works at the Medcan Clinic where he is focused on exceeding client service expectations and business development. Prior to his time at Medcan, Jeremy helped jump-start a public relations practice that created and implemented customized advertising campaigns for small businesses. Jeremy recently chaired an advisory board at the Safehaven Project for Community Living, an organization dedicated to providing care for children with multiple disabilities and complex medical needs. He was also heavily involved with Canada’s largest international undergraduate business plan competition, the Queen’s Entrepreneurs’ Competition, most recently as Co-Chair.

Rameez Gulam

Rameez is currently completing a degree in Chemical Engineering at McMaster University. Simultaneously, he is currently working Full-Time at Unilever Canada in Supply Chain as a Planner for Hellmans and Becel. Rameez founded his first startup in 2009 where he implemented Small Business advertising strategies, and received an Ontario Summer Company Award. He has also competed in Impact’s Apprentice and been involved with several Undergraduate Business and Technology conferences. He is currently a mentor at McMaster where he emphasizes the need for students to complement their education by being involved and gaining experience. Rameez is an organizer for McMaster’s LipDub this summer. He loves volunteering; locally for the Toronto Raptors, and has also led students to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge in Miami, FL.

Please visit www.youngentrepreneursclub.ca for more information

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