Jean Carriere of Ottawa was one of eight Canadian Youth Business Foundation entrepreneurs recognized by TELUS for his product called 3D Energy, which provides energy simulations and virtual design consultations to architects, engineers, builders and building owners in order to reduce energy consumption and create a sustainable environment (www.3denergy.ca).
Back in April, The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) and TELUS announced a joint partnership to help young entrepreneurs soar to new heights with their businesses. As part of the commitment, TELUS made a donation of $171,000 to support eight businesses through CYBF’s program of pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring. The entrepreneurs will also be provided mentoring sessions with senior TELUS staff, promotional support through speaking and networking opportunities and a free Samsung Galaxy Note. To date, CYBF has invested in more than 5,260 young entrepreneurs, whose businesses have created more than 20,800 new jobs.
In addition to Jean Carriere, the other CYBF entrepreneurs and businesses that will benefit from TELUS’ support are:
• Grass Frame Works: James Moore and Al Roback of Vancouver, British Columbia manufacture bamboo bicycle frames and fully assembled bicycles using these frames. The frames come from fully sustainable materials such as bamboo, hemp fibre and plant based epoxy. www.grassframes.ca.
• Kamisand Media Group: Nigel Fish and Mitchell Bowler of Vancouver, British Columbia, developed Kamisand Media Group, a website asset brokerage that connects owners of small- to medium-sized website-based business to individual investors interested in expanding their own online revenue portfolio. www.kamisand.com.
• Fine Line Homes: Chris McLaren of Okotoks, Alberta custom builds homes focusing on ecofriendly products, innovative processes and green building techniques. www.finelinehomes.ca.
• 3twenty Solutions: Bryan McCrea and Evan Willoughby of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan design and manufacture durable, stackable and transportable modular work force houses, offices and custom products for the mining, oil/gas, construction and industrial markets. http://3twenty.ca.
• Anice Jewellery: Brittany Hopleins of Toronto, Ontario, offers one-of-a-kind jewellery, custom and repair work, antiques and workshops. www.anicejewellery.com.
• InsureEye: Alexey Saltykov of Toronto, Ontario provides consumers with an intelligent and user-friendly solution to allow them to manage all of their insurance policies more effectively and efficiently, including cost avoidance and reduction, minimization of claims spending and clarity on policy coverage and gaps. www.insureeye.com.
• Numesco: Mylene Montpetit of Suroit-Sud, Quebec offers innovative graphics design and publishing of 3D educational books for kids using an interactive whiteboard and developed with input from teachers. www.numesco.com.