YEDI’s Expansion to Alberta

YEDI is excited to announce that it has begun the process of seeking accreditation to issue Master’s level business degrees out of a new campus facility to be established in Sylvan Lake, Alberta.

Our programs focus on providing Canadian entrepreneurs and business professionals a chance to upgrade their skills so they can attract investors and successfully operate in today’s competitive business ecosystem. YEDI is on a mission to make high-level academic education accessible to Canadian entrepreneurs by offering its programs tuition-free.

“I want to thank local MLA Devin Dreeshen for reaching out to us to promote Sylvan Lake, and selling us on the Town as a new home for our Alberta campus. After touring the Town, we think Sylvan Lake will be a great fit for us and our students.” – Marat Ressin, CEO YEDI

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Once again – YEDI is named “Best Business Support Organization” at the Canadian SME Awards

2021 was a transformative year for YEDI, similar to many businesses, we had to adapt and pivot to meet the needs of the changing Canadian business ecosystem. We’ve created our hybrid learning environment to allow entrepreneurs the opportunity to join our classes in-person or online. We have also rebranded, our new look and messaging better matches our organization’s mission. YEDI is committed to making high-level education accessible to entrepreneurs from any sector and any stage in their entrepreneurial journey.

At YEDI, professors, instructors, and facilitators actively collaborate to pursue meaningful change that benefits everyone. The result is an economy rooted in innovation, leveraging the latest technology to inspire creativity and imagination to grow and thrive. We are deeply grateful for the recognition of Canadian SME in our continuous pursuit of bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and access to high-level education. 

When asked what advice he would give to entrepreneurs during this time of recovery, YEDI President, Marat Ressin had this to say:

“As Canadians begin to rebuild, my advice is to find meaningful problems in our changing society and bring forth innovative solutions. When your business is driven by the mission to help others, society will partner in your success. Speaking of partnerships, I think the best and fastest way to jump into the market is by developing strong relationships with organizations that may play a significant role in the execution of your business model. A new reality presents an abundance of opportunities and YEDI is committed to supporting Canadian entrepreneurs along the way.”

We hope to proceed with our mission and help passionate entrepreneurs continue to change the world for the better.

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Congratulations to our Not-for-Profit Graduates!

On February 2nd, YEDI had the opportunity to host an in-person hybrid venture fair with our Not-for-Profit graduates! It was wonderful to hear the pitches of our entrepreneurs. Our hybrid learning classroom allows us to seamlessly immerse our virtual participants into our in-person learning environment for optimal experience and collaboration.

These passionate change-makers got the opportunity to showcase their pitches to a diverse audience pertinent to their unique missions.

YEDI wishes all the graduates of the 2022 Not-for-Profit program luck with their future endeavours!

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New Diploma Program!

We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new diploma program commencing September 2022. This Diploma program is approved as a vocational program under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005

In a time where many are thinking about the next steps in their career, this practical hands-on program was developed to equip entrepreneurs, small business owners and their employees with the tools and knowledge they need to operate successful growing businesses. 

One of our goals for the new year has been to make higher education accessible for Canadians. As a Canadian charity, YEDI is committed to ensuring this world-class program is attainable to Canadian entrepreneurs who are eager to launch and grow their ventures. YEDI has secured funding to ensure innovative Canadian entrepreneurs and small business owners may participate in this program tuition free

Introducing the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Diploma program!

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YEDI’s First Hybrid Classroom!

8 years ago, we launched our first program with the opening remarks of Dr. Middleton and Dr. Ressin. We are so excited to announce that yesterday, once again, Dr. Middleton and Dr. Ressin were able to host our first hybrid program. YEDI has adapted to this new reality by integrating a new hybrid learning environment, revolutionizing the traditional classroom and using cutting edge technologies that offers seamless interaction between those in person and those online. We are following all current COVID-19 regulations to ensure a safe and positive learning environment.

2014 – First YEDI Program
2021 – First Hybrid Program

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Congratulations to our Incubator Program Graduates!

Following the success of our first virtual Not-for-Profit program last fall, YEDI took on the challenge of hosting our world renowned Incubator program online. We extended the accessibility to entrepreneurs all over Canada, the result was a collection of innovative participants ready to take on 16 weeks of intensive learning. 

On June 16th, these knowledgable entrepreneurs got the opportunity to showcase their business plan, models, and milestones to an investor audience. The ventures, ranging from the education sector to the health sector and beyond, excelled at their pitches resulting in an extremely successful virtual venture fair. 

YEDI is so proud of all our graduates, we extend our deepest wishes of success for them and their venture’s in the future. As always, many thanks to our wonderful partner, Schulich Executive Education Centre.

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Congratulations to our Not-for-Profit Program Graduates!

It all starts with an idea. Over the past 16 weeks, not-for-profit leaders have refined their visions and missions, tested their offerings and devised efficient and sustainable business plans. Along the way, the participants have been encouraged and guided through the commitment and expertise of their program advisors, instructors and mentors, and we thank them for their dedication and invaluable contribution.

Even with the challenge of running a program during COVID, YEDI was able to successfully host the first virtual Not-for-Profit Venture fair. The organizations, ranging from the mental health wellness sector to the business development support sector and beyond, excelled at their pitches resulting in an extremely innovative and insightful venture fair. 

YEDI congratulates its NFP graduates and wishes them all the best of luck with their organizations in the future!

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