E-Spirit: Aboriginal youth business plan competition | BDC.ca
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What is E-Spirit?

It's a national Aboriginal youth business plan competition sponsored by BDC for Aboriginal youth in grades 10 to 12. Since 2001, E-Spirit has introduced over 5,000 students to entrepreneurship.

How do students compete?

Teams complete a business plan using modules provided on the E-Spirit website. To qualify for the competition, each team needs to:

  • Submit a complete business plan.
  • Submit a video promoting their business idea.  

The goals of BDC's eSpirit competition are to help youth:

  • Create their own opportunities
  • Set goals and objectives
  • Establish a framework for a better future

E-Spirit is Internet-based.

Because technology has no geographic boundaries, it offers a whole new way of doing business. The opportunities are tremendous! Students use the E-Spirit website to get:

  • Online learning modules
  • Mentoring
  • A business-plan template

What's in it for students?

E-Spirit provides participants with valuable skills for today's marketplace. Students:

  • Gain an awareness of self-employment opportunities.
  • Learn business, management and leadership skills.
  • Increase their employability skills.
  • Get an awareness of ebusiness models and technologies.
  • Learn the importance of team work.
  • Improve their communication skills.

Is your school registered?

  • Online registration from October 1 to 31, 2014.
  • Completed business plans due by March 6, 2015.