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Register for our ongoing Entrepreneurship Program

 The Entrepreneurship Program

Hope for Community Development provides different types of tailored professional skills development and entrepreneurship programming streams to assist aspiring and established professionals enhance their capabilities, supporting their families, growing their businesses and professional initiatives, and further contributing to society.

This program is specifically designed for those who will start, grow or drive new ventures whether in a startup or inside a corporation.

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Participants must come prepared with their questions and ready to participate. Hope for Community Development Development’s plans to prepare participants for the business industry, therefore we expect all participants to be professional and punctual.

Hope for Community Development Program registration is ongoing.

 o register, please call Executive Director Francess Dunhann @ 226-700-0769 or fill in the registration form 

All Hope for Community Development’s programs are free for participants

Career And Pathways To Employment

Hope for Community Development provides marginalized youth with guidance to those facing uncertainty about career and job-related decisions. They also established workers seeking to pivot into alternative professions. Hope for Community Development’s Pathways to Employment activities support youth job seekers from newcomers and members of Black and marginalized communities with a broad set of employment readiness activities, delivered as both individual coaching and support, and through group seminars. Topics include but are not limited to resume and portfolio building, interview skills and mock interviews, job search guidance, and preparation for success in the workplace.

​The Advanced Entrepreneurship Program

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We will work with youth leaders to research, brand and launch a social enterprise that will create employment opportunities for the youth, while simultaneously providing a hands-on advanced entrepreneurial program.


The enterprise encourages resilience in youth as leaders in their community, employ future generations of youth through the enterprise, and modernize Hope for Community Development’s youth engagement strategy.

By Participating in the Program, Youth will:

  • Develop entrepreneurship skills through the research, branding, and launch of a community social enterprise 

  • Gain experience in stakeholder interviews, community research, financial sustainability, and business marketing

  • Learn how to develop a business from ideation to launch 

  • Make a meaningful difference in their community by creating  a community-led enterprise that addresses a social challenge

Upon successful completion of the program, youth will be awarded a Micro Entrepreneurship Grant to invest in their education or the launch of their own business

If you are a youth between the ages of 16-34 in the Waterloo region with a big dream of launching your own business call 226-700-0769 for more details.

Lead Partners

Funded by:
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Through Co-operators Community Funds, the Cooperators support organizations whose programming and services empower marginalized youth (aged 16 – 34) and individuals with mental health challenges to progress along their path toward employability.

The Community Company
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The Community Company is also a community partner for this program and this will contribute to its success by mentoring and leading our youth through their social enterprise development process. They will also contribute volunteer hours as well as access to their existing network of community leaders to promote our work.

Investments from the government of Canada, the Community Foundations of Canada's Community Services Recovery Fund was built to respond to what charities and non-profits need right now and support them as they adapt to the long-term impacts of the pandemic.

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