Indigenous Youth Entrepreneurship Program

IYEP supports Indigenous students by fostering knowledge and skills pertinent to success in high school, post-high school or training, and the workplace. The course provides Indigenous students with hands-on entrepreneurial knowledge and experience as well as the opportunity to interact with their local business communities.

About the Program

Through the IYEP courses, students learn how to create product-based or service-driven businesses. The program provides students with the basic skills and knowledge they need to become entrepreneurs.

The program is comprised of two 1-credit courses: Entrepreneurship 11 and Entrepreneurship 12. Though intended for Grades 11 and 12, students in Grades 10 to 12 may take the courses.

  • OVER 55

    schools offer the program each year

  • 572

    number of educators trained for IYEP

  • 5,500

    learners have completed the courses

The Impact

During the program, students gain an in-depth understanding of how to develop a business that takes them from researching Indigenous entrepreneurs and exploring the business community to developing a business plan. In the process, they learn about innovation and creation, accounting, cost-price analysis, financial literacy, marketing, e-commerce, and ultimately how to bring their products and services to market. In addition, the program provides students with rich experiential opportunities.

We believe the path to success begins when all students have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Our Role

In 2007, MFI launched IYEP to introduce Indigenous high-school students to business opportunities within the Canadian economy. The curriculum teaches students how to nurture their entrepreneurial spirit as well as improve their financial literacy and communication skills, and gives them an opportunity to explore a variety of post-secondary options. But at the heart of the program is a simple hope: that students leave with strengthened self-confidence and belief in their own potential.

Explore MFI’s virtual learning hub called The Training & Resources for Early Education & Schools (TREES) Network. TREES is a space for delivering and accessing culturally appropriate training, professional development, resources, supportive circles and peer mentorship opportunities for Indigenous and non-Indigenous learning professionals working with Indigenous children, students and families.