Marketing Firm Supports Young Entrepreneur Program

Twin Creek Media is proud to be the Platinum Sponsor for the 2010 Young Entrepreneur Program.James photo

Twin Creek CEO James Shaw says, "We believe that children are the future, teach them well and let them lead the way... oh, wait that's a Whitney Houston song.  But it's true!  This is a fantastic learning opportunity, not only for the students involved but for the Okanagan business community too."

About the Young Entrepreneur Program

Okanagan College, School District No. 23 and the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission are partnering again to organize the 16th Annual Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP)--Dragon's Den Edition for 2010. The YEP has a proud tradition of developing young business professionals. More importantly, the Program has had a positive impact on the lives of Central Okanagan area youth, their families and the community. The Young Entrepreneur Program creates an opportunity for middle school and secondary school students to develop their business and entrepreneurship skills. Fifteen years ago the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and School District #23 created the Young Entrepreneur Program now known as YEP - Dragon's Den Edition as the structure of the competition is similar to that of the CBC TV program. Students complete three tasks which include creating their product or service, developing a financial plan and a marketing plan. Students work from February to April and are judged throughout the competition by business professionals from many areas of the community. Providing mentoring and guidance to the students are Okanagan College School of Business students and teachers from each of the participating schools.EDC Logo Over the years students have emerged from the competition to be successful entrepreneurs and operated their own businesses. Yard crews, web design, graphic design, sign making, pine beetle wood pens, and clothing design have been just a few of the successful ideas that have emerged from previous competitions.  The competition is open to students in grades 7 - 12. In 2009 there were thirty-six teams who signed up to compete.

To learn more about the Young Entrepreneur Program contact the COEDC at (250) 469-6280 or email: