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UVic partnership with TRICORP strengthens Aboriginal entrepreneurship

Prospective Aboriginal entrepreneurs will be better prepared to benefit from economic opportunities in northern BC thanks to a community-based program through the University of Victoria.

UVic’s Gustavson School of Business and the Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP), which provides financial services to First Nations entrepreneurs, have formed the Northwest Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs™ (NW-ACE™) to support people who want to start their own business.

“It is an honour to be invited to co-design and teach this unique community-based program,” said NW-ACE program director Dr. Brent Mainprize of UVic’s Gustavson School of Business.

Frank Parnell, chief executive officer of TRICORP, notes that the program is a response to the “perfect storm” of economic opportunity forming in Northwest BC. The region has more than $50 billion of development projects and new relationships forming between First Nations communities, government and business.

The program, based in Prince Rupert, includes six weeks of classroom skills-based curriculum taught by Gustavson faculty, followed by 12 weeks of entrepreneurial mentorship from experienced executives.

The program’s first intake (starting May 21) is full; however, people can apply to get on a waiting list for the next cohort this fall.

More information is available on the NW-ACE website http://www.nwace.ca/ or by calling (250) 624-3535.

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  Media Contacts:

Dr. Brent Mainprize (Gustavson School of Business) at brentm@uvic.ca or 250-721-6404
Moira Dann (Gustavson Communications) at bizcomm@uvic.ca or 250-721-6411

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