WHO IS AN INNOVATOR?
An innovator is another name for a YEDI participant who ideally is creative, ambitious, professionally-driven, and entrepreneurially-minded, with an innovative idea in any industry.
Selected participants undergo an intensive 12-week program at the YEDI start-up incubator, graduating with a strong entrepreneurial skill-set, network of mentors, and a tested business model to pitch to potential investors.
WHO IS A MENTOR?
A mentor is a subject matter expert who has seasoned experience in a particular field and occupies an executive role in a company or non-profit organization. A mentor values community and wants to make a contribution by volunteering to help a budding entrepreneur in personal and business development. Finally, a mentor is interested in the exposure to cutting edge business projects, trends, and potential, lucrative investment opportunities.
WHO IS A FUNDER?
A business funder is a risk-taker who understands that small and start-up business is crucial to economic development in Canada. A business investor is an individual, bank, or company looking for the next high impact venture that can really make a difference. Investors believe and trust in the rigorousness of YEDInstitute’s program, elite process, and its graduating fellows.
A program funder is an individual or company seeking to contribute to social change by supporting an institute that is generating innovative business ideas and creating jobs and opportunities for Canadians.