Innovation, Achievement and Pride: The Third Edition of the Entrepreneurial Camp Nimeshkanam Was a Success
The Société de développement économique Ilnu (SDEI) has been organizing the Nimeshkanam camp, an entrepreneurial camp for young people from Mashteuiatsh and the Domain-du-Roy MRC, for a few years now. In this year of pandemic, the SDEI has revised its formula to offer a virtual edition to continue to allow young people from the region to take the path of entrepreneurship. Thus, the week from August 12 to 20, 2020, the young people attended workshops and developed an entrepreneurial project, thanks to the accompaniment of the SDEI team.
Seven young people began the journey on August 12. The FNQLEDC’s Youth Entrepreneurship Advisor, Myriam Vallières, offered them their first webinar workshop, to talk about what is entrepreneurship, how they can use it to make changes they want to see in the world, and to help them come up with a project idea. Thereafter, youth attended other workshops and work periods during which the SDEI counsellors were available to coach them individually. The week ended with an outdoor gathering, where the youth presented their achievements to a panel of judge, in the form of a pitch in front of “dragons”.
Not all of them completed the path, but it is unanimous that the project was a success. The transformation of such a program was definitely ambitious. That did not prevent the SDEI team from succeeding brilliantly, allowing their 2020 cohort to live a unique and memorable experience.
Cash prizes were awarded to the projects selected by the dragons as well as participation prizes to congratulate the participants for their hard work and perseverance. Alexis Simard, winner of the first prize with his Marketing Simard project, had the opportunity to talk about his experience on community radio: “It’s difficult, you have to think about everything. And in the end, we tell ourselves that it was really worth it!” (free translation from the French version).
The FNQLEDC team would like to congratulate the youth who took up the challenge of the first virtual edition of Nimeshkanam!
As a scoop, the director of the SDEI, Caroline Bouchard, announced on the local radio that the women’s entrepreneurial camp will be back for a second edition in the fall. More information will be available soon.
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