Indigenous Peerpreneur Sessions
Are you an Indigenous entrepreneur in Alberta seeking support and guidance to help grow your business? Our Indigenous Peerpreneur program is here to help.
This free 4-week program is designed to connect established Indigenous entrepreneurs in Alberta in a virtual group setting where you can share your business challenges, brainstorm solutions, and learn from one another’s experiences.
Indigenous Entrepreneurs – Now Closed
Why should Indigenous entrepreneurs participate?
- Bounce ideas off other like-minded business owners.
- Share best practices and gain useful tips for success.
- Build a strong support network with other business owners.
- Create a path forward for your business with your own defined goals.
By committing to all 4 virtual group discussions, engaging with your fellow entrepreneurs, and agreeing to the terms of our social contract, you’ll gain access to a network of accomplished and established entrepreneurs, just like you.
Who is this program for?
If you’re an existing Indigenous small business owner in Alberta who’s looking for community, accountability, and fresh perspectives on your business, then Indigenous Peerpreneur is just the ticket.
If you’re ready to connect with other remarkable Indigenous Alberta entrepreneurs, sign up for Indigenous Peerpreneur Sessions today.
Please note: Indigenous Peerpreneur is designed exclusively for Indigenous entrepreneurs and for already established Alberta businesses.
However, for those budding entrepreneurs who are in the ideation phase of their business, you can use other Business Link resources, such as our Interactive Business Plan Builder.
- Participants must be an existing small business owner in Alberta
- Be willing to commit to all 4 virtual group discussions
- Be willing to engage and interact with other entrepreneurs and share about their business
- Agree to the terms of the social contract which outlines the rules of engagement
- Peerpreneur Sessions will run for the month of June 2023. Deadline to apply is May 28, 2023.
- Groups will meet weekly for 4 consecutive weeks. Participants can choose only one group they are interested in joining.
Applications for Peerpreneur Sessions will open on May 8th, 2023.
Applications for Peerpreneur Sessions are currently closed.
Is there a cost to partake in the sessions?
No. The Indigenous Peerpreneur sessions are free of cost to participants.
Who is this initiative for?
Exclusively for Indigenous entrepreneurs and business owners who currently run a small business in Alberta and who would like to build their network of support, share best practices and gain useful tips for success, and to brainstorm solutions to existing business challenges.
How many hours would I need to commit to be a part of this program?
There will be a total of four 90 minute weekly video sessions (for a total of 6 hours), plus the opportunity for additional time for discussions online. Outside of scheduled sessions, participating business owners may require additional time to complete self-directed goals and objectives.
What happens if I am unable to complete the sessions?
There are no formal consequences for dropping out of the program, however, we ask that only those who are serious and able to commit to all sessions apply.
Can I change my cohort after the program has started?
Unfortunately, this may not be possible.
How am I sure the program is a safe place for me to share my business ideas?
You should only share what you are comfortable with. All sessions will be moderated by a Business Link Small Business Strategist who will work diligently to ensure that the sessions are a safe and confidential place for participants to share their business ideas and challenges.
Who are the facilitators?
Each session will be facilitated by a Business Link Small Business Strategist. Our Strategists have extensive experience supporting small business owners and entrepreneurs and many of them are or have been entrepreneurs themselves!
Where will the sessions be held?
The sessions will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams video chat so you can attend from anywhere, as long as you have a sufficient internet connection.
How many entrepreneurs will be in each group or cohort?
Each group will consist of approximately 5-10 small business owners. The cohorts will remain the same throughout the duration of the program.
Can previous Indigenous Peerpreneur participants apply again?
Yes you can. However, preference may be given to new applicants.
How are the Indigenous cohorts decided & formed?
It depends on the type and quantity of applications received. Indigenous cohorts are often based around common themes between applicants. Acceptance is not guaranteed and we often receive high levels of interest.