Tech CEO seeks to mobilize the next Gen entrepreneurs
League of Innovators invests in next growth sector: youth
Ryan Holmes, CEO of Vancouver-based Hootsuite, launched a new philanthropic venture to support the next generation of Canadian entrepreneurs. The League of Innovators (LOI) will focus on shortening the path to success for Canadians aged 15 to 25 and amplifying their impact as innovators.
“Over the last few years Canada’s Global Innovation Index ranking has fallen to 15th globally,” says Holmes, the founder of LOI. “We should be one of the most innovative economies in the world and by investing in young entrepreneurs, I believe we can make a long-term impact locally and globally.”
The LOI series of programs will provide support and resources to young entrepreneurs from discovery to acceleration, through education, mentorship, and experiences.
For example, one of the courses being offered will be on “prototyping and entrepreneurship.” This is being developed in partnership with Microsoft with the first iteration running this November in Vancouver. Additional in-person crash courses, along with a suite of online sessions, will be rolled out over the coming months.
“I was a young entrepreneur myself, and I’m now in the fortunate position to help accelerate and support young innovators and disruptors by leveling the playing field and helping them to overcome unique challenges such as credibility, access to funds, and networks,” says Holmes.
“Entrepreneurship comes in many forms and has many faces. Our program is created to foster learning outside the classroom to attract youth from diverse paths to engage in taking ownership of their future through entrepreneurship,“ says Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber, executive director of the League of Innovators.
“Our commitment to LOI is simple, we are raising up a community to create dynamic growth and leadership within the next generation,” says Edoardo De Martin, General Manager of Microsoft Vancouver.
From environmental sustainability to consumer packaged goods to the next technology giant, all of these innovations will be driven by the next generation. Join LOI as a partner to engage with youth across Canada and fuel tomorrow’s leaders today.