This was first and foremost a one-time project that began in June 2015 with funding support from Western Economic Diversification Canada under the Economic Development Initiative. The project, which ended in December 2018, aimed to establish physical and virtual business incubators to support Francophone entrepreneurs across the West.
Despite the end of this project, the “FrancoPreneurs” component was incorporated into the CDÉA’s regular activities and now constitutes the Entrepreneurship pillar.
Through FrancoPreneurs, the CDÉA offers entrepreneurial support throughout the lifecycle of the company, from start-up to succession (takeover).
Support for business creation and development
FrancoPreneurs offers continuous and in-depth support in the evolution of entrepreneurial projects. By being available to customers with a multitude of services to launch or develop the project in the best possible conditions, we ensure a favorable environment to allow an optimal transition from the idea stage to the realization of those ideas and beyond.
The CDÉA is proud to be able to count on financial partners who contribute greatly to the economic support of the province’s Francophone entrepreneurs.
ATB Entrepreneur Centre
Business Development Bank Canada (up to $100,000)
Futurpreneur (up to $60,000 for entrepreneurs aged 18 to 39 only)
The Conseil de développement économique de l’Alberta, in cooperation with the school community, offers various entrepreneurial programs for young Francophones.
Whether it is to encourage the next generation of entrepreneurs, raise awareness of business creation, facilitate the transition between school and work, or ensure the retention of young people in the regions, CDÉA’s youth initiatives focus in particular on the value of bilingualism, technology and the creation of structuring projects.
To learn more about the various programs, you can consult this link on the Youth Entrepreneurship Programs.