8 years ago, we launched our first program with the opening remarks of Dr. Middleton and Dr. Ressin. We are so excited to announce that yesterday, once again, Dr. Middleton and Dr. Ressin were able to host our first hybrid program. YEDI has adapted to this new reality by integrating a new hybrid learning environment, revolutionizing the traditional classroom and using cutting edge technologies that offers seamless interaction between those in person and those online. We are following all current COVID-19 regulations to ensure a safe and positive learning environment.
Following the success of our first virtual Not-for-Profit program last fall, YEDI took on the challenge of hosting our world renowned Incubator program online. We extended the accessibility to entrepreneurs all over Canada, the result was a collection of innovative participants ready to take on 16 weeks of intensive learning.
On June 16th, these knowledgable entrepreneurs got the opportunity to showcase their business plan, models, and milestones to an investor audience. The ventures, ranging from the education sector to the health sector and beyond, excelled at their pitches resulting in an extremely successful virtual venture fair.
YEDI is so proud of all our graduates, we extend our deepest wishes of success for them and their venture’s in the future. As always, many thanks to our wonderful partner, Schulich Executive Education Centre.
It all starts with an idea. Over the past 16 weeks, not-for-profit leaders have refined their visions and missions, tested their offerings and devised efficient and sustainable business plans. Along the way, the participants have been encouraged and guided through the commitment and expertise of their program advisors, instructors and mentors, and we thank them for their dedication and invaluable contribution.
Even with the challenge of running a program during COVID, YEDI was able to successfully host the first virtual Not-for-Profit Venture fair. The organizations, ranging from the mental health wellness sector to the business development support sector and beyond, excelled at their pitches resulting in an extremely innovative and insightful venture fair.
YEDI congratulates its NFP graduates and wishes them all the best of luck with their organizations in the future!
During this unique and ever-changing time, YEDI is proud to announce the launch of it’s newest business acceleration campus in Israel! Thanks to the help of extremely generous donors, YEDI has raised over 5 million dollars toward this exciting milestone.
A hub for innovation and a unique start-up ecosystem, this campus will provide opportunities for both Canadian and Israeli entrepreneurs to broaden their knowledge and delve deeper into their entrepreneurial aspirations. The campus will provide resources, programming and services ranging from mentorship, education and connections to resident entrepreneurs. This new Canadian-Israeli partnership gives opportunities for start-up businesses to better equip themselves with the help of world-renowned instructors and key industry leaders. As a Canadian charitable institution, this space will be inclusive and accessible to all, with the hope of promoting peace and prosperity in the region.
Back in Canada, YEDI has been proactive during this time and completed renovations of its Alness Business Acceleration Campus, thanks to generous donations from local donors. YEDI is also proud to share that all resident companies of its business acceleration campuses have stayed in operation during this time with several companies experiencing growth and renewed opportunities.
YEDI was awarded Best Business Support Organization in Canada at the
“I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that YEDI has been name Best Business Support Organization in Canada, this news only makes me prouder to have been part of such a remarkable program. My time at YEDI is one of the highlights of my entrepreneurial career. Everything from the faculty to the curriculum to the industry partnerships is exactly what a top notch accelerator should strive towards. I walked away from the program at YEDI with more confidence, tools and relationships than I could have hoped for to further grow my business. And YEDI is still in our corner cheering us on and supporting us every step of the way.” Andre Orazi, YEDI Alumni and Founder of The Chufa Co.
“YEDI operates based on a unique model and therefore it was important for us to see how we compare to other business support organizations in order to validate that our choice of model was indeed correct. Receiving this award, further proves to us that we are on the right track and look forward to supporting many more Canadian entrepreneurs.” Dr. Marat Ressin, YEDI President
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On January 10, 2020, YEDI celebrated the completion of the 2019 Fall Incubator Program. 15 entrepreneurs presented their ventures to YEDI’s funder audience, culminating 4 months of growth and hard work. Upon completion of the program, participants are now part of YEDI’s extensive alumni network where they will continue to be supported through access to mentors, networks and resources for continued success.
We look forward to celebrating your successes!
Thank you, Hon. MP Peter Kent and MP Michael Levitt for visiting YEDI and our wonderful November International group to address the participants and present YEDI with congratulatory letters marking YEDI’s recent UBI Global ranking achievement. Hon. MP Peter Kent and MP Michael Levitt have been wonderful supporters of YEDI from the beginning, and we are very grateful for it.
Since its inception, YEDI has been committed to the goal of educating and supporting start-ups both at home in Canada and around the world. There is an ever-growing entrepreneurial presence in developed and developing countries globally, and YEDI is always looking for new opportunities to bring its renowned International Start-Up Program to new nations. Most recently, YEDI ran its program in Yerevan, Armenia.
In recent years, Armenia has been experiencing positive and impactful changes that are greatly supporting the country’s goals for the near future. YEDI believes that it can assist Armenia in improving their exports, attract investments, and help Armenian ventures to reach global markets. This is what drew YEDI to bring the International Start-Up Program to Yerevan in partnership with the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics. This January, Plekhanov University opened a new department in their Moscow Headquarters (Global Finance and Small Business Development by York Entrepreneurship Development Institute [Canada]) for YEDI to deliver its programming within the university. This gives YEDI the ability to utilize any of the 22 branches of Plekhanov University to run similar educational programs.
The news of YEDI’s commitment to supporting Armenia’s economic goals caught the attention of many officials in the Armenian government, important educational figures and media personnel. The program’s concluding venture fair was attended by a representative of Armenia’s President Armen Sarkissian, Armenia’s Minister of Economy Tigran Khachatryan, several members of the Armenian Parliament, a representative from the Russian Consulate in Armenia, a Trade Commissioner from Russia, the Director of the Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Yerevan Branch) Tamara Vardanyan, as well as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Yerevan Branch) Arman Vardanyan.
During his welcome speech, Minister Khachatryan expressed his full support of YEDI’s programs and has committed to providing YEDI land to build an acceleration campus in Yerevan.
“I want to thank the organizers of this program in Armenia and from my end, I am ready to support and assist further cooperation of this partnership.” – Minister Khachatryan.
YEDI believes that academia has no borders and will continue to support and partner with developing economies globally by running educational seminars and programs in countries around the world.
News Armenia, Euromedia and Lurer’s media coverage including video of the venture fair:
The YEDI VC Fund is now an officially designated Venture Capital fund by the Government of Canada under its Start Up Visa Immigration Program. YEDI has been a designated Incubator since 2017 and has supported an array of international entrepreneurs thus far. This important milestone will enable YEDI to support growth-oriented international ventures who look to Canada as a new home for both themselves and their organizations. YEDI now has a newfound ability to assist international entrepreneurs.
Securing funding is a critical step on the path to success for most start-ups. Often, investors are looking to invest in companies who have achieved certain milestones – a potential challenge for many early stage ventures and especially for those abroad. This is precisely why the YEDI VC Fund was created. YEDI collaborates with private investors, angel investor groups and VCs to help client ventures obtain the needed investment.
YEDI aims to use this Start-Up Visa VC designation to help innovative start-ups from around the world become established in Canada and realize the full potential of their ventures. Hopeful applicants may apply to YEDI for an opportunity to obtain a Letter of Support and begin their Start-Up Visa application process. As a designated Venture Capital fund, YEDI will support selected candidates through a minimum investment of $200,000 in addition to education, mentorship and network support.
As of January, 2019, YEDI became a member of the Canadian Venture Capital Association as a general partner – an opportunity that provides YEDI with access to additional capital and funding resources.
To learn more about the Start-Up Visa immigration program, please visit http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/immigrate/business/start-up/
On Thursday July 11th, 2019, YEDI hosted a Speaker Series: Legal Panel featuring two guests – Saba Samanian and Allan Oziel. As the Toronto Ambassador for Women of Wearables, Saba presented about a very timely and compelling topic – privacy in wearable technology. With wearables becoming increasingly popular, she is passionate about helping individuals understand the legal backend of the technologies, including personal rights in privacy protection. Allan, Trade-Mark Agent at Oziel Law, introduced the attendees to a very critical topic for tech-startups – software licensing. The audience learned about the key aspects of a proper licensing agreement, as well as the different options they have when deciding on a licensing structure. The event was attended by both YEDI alumni and community members eager to learn more about law in business and to meet like-minded entrepreneurs in the YEDI community.
On Wednesday April 3rd 2019, NCCA Canada hosted its Business Communication UP Event in partnership with YEDI and the City of Toronto.
Attendees experienced a full day of professional development and networking, where they learned how to develop vital business communication skills necessary to start, grow and lead a business. The event included expert keynote speakers, interactive seminars and a panel discussion hosted by industry professionals from the executive coaching world. Topics of conversation included social media marketing, creating an authentic elevator pitch, hiring a corporate trainer, and running a successful small business.
NCCA Canada and YEDI are thrilled to know that attending entrepreneurs are now more skilled in effective business communication, and wish all of them luck with their ventures! Stay tuned for more NCCA Canada and YEDI events in the future!