ThriveNorth to help young entrepreneurs

A new initiative to assist blossoming North Coast entrepreneurs will be unveiled at an event in Prince Rupert later this month.

A new initiative to assist blossoming North Coast entrepreneurs will be unveiled at an event in Prince Rupert later this month.

ThriveNorth, an entrepreneur initiative aiming to empower young Northwest business people, is hosting a launch event in Prince Rupert on Friday, Nov. 21.

Founded through a partnership with Futurpreneur Canada and BG Canada, ThriveNorth will provide people between the ages of 18 and 39 with the resources, funding and mentorship to start their own businesses.

“This is our official partnership launch,” Joanne Norris, project manager of Futurpreneur, said.

“We’ll be talking about our partnership, what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, what it entails.”

Representatives from both Futurpreneur Canada and BG Canada will speak about what ThriveNorth will mean for Prince Rupert at the event, with information also being provided on the ThriveNorth business challenge, a contest that will allow young business people to share their entrepreneurial ideas for a chance to win a $10,000 prize.

“We think it’s the first time an event such as this has been focused on the Northwest region of B.C. We’re really excited about getting that going,” Norris said.

Lisa Mueller has been hired as the ThriveNorth community business development coordinator for Prince Rupert, being the key contact for young entrepreneurs needing support and guidance.

The launch for ThriveNorth will take place at the North Coast Meeting and Convention Centre in Prince Rupert on Nov. 21 between 4 and 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public, with Norris encouraging people, particularly those with entrepreneur aspirations, to attend, along with Prince Rupert business owners, community service groups, educational providers and community  leaders.