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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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YEDI Raises Over 5 Million Dollars Towards The Launch Of Its Newest Business Acceleration Campus

 During this unique and ever-changing time, YEDI is proud to announce the launch of it’s newest business acceleration campus in Israel! Thanks to the help of extremely generous donors, YEDI has raised over 5 million dollars toward this exciting milestone.  

A hub for innovation and a unique start-up ecosystem, this campus will provide opportunities for both Canadian and Israeli entrepreneurs to broaden their knowledge and delve deeper into their entrepreneurial aspirations. The campus will provide resources, programming and services ranging from mentorship, education and connections to resident entrepreneurs. This new Canadian-Israeli partnership gives opportunities for start-up businesses to better equip themselves with the help of world-renowned instructors and key industry leaders. As a Canadian charitable institution, this space will be inclusive and accessible to all, with the hope of promoting peace and prosperity in the region. 

Back in Canada, YEDI has been proactive during this time and completed renovations of its Alness Business Acceleration Campus, thanks to generous donations from local donors. YEDI is also proud to share that all resident companies of its business acceleration campuses have stayed in operation during this time with several companies experiencing growth and renewed opportunities. 

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YEDI Named Best Business Support Organization in Canada at Canadian SME Awards

YEDI was awarded Best Business Support Organization in Canada at the CanadianSME National Business Awards 2019. Presented in collaboration with Cisco, Lenovo and RBC Royal Bank, the business awards recognize excellence in the Canadian SME community and honour the contribution that businesses provide to the Canadian economy. 

“I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that YEDI has been name Best Business Support Organization in Canada, this news only makes me prouder to have been part of such a remarkable program. My time at YEDI is one of the highlights of my entrepreneurial career. Everything from the faculty to the curriculum to the industry partnerships is exactly what a top notch accelerator should strive towards. I walked away from the program at YEDI with more confidence, tools and relationships than I could have hoped for to further grow my business. And YEDI is still in our corner cheering us on and supporting us every step of the way.” Andre Orazi, YEDI Alumni and Founder of The Chufa Co.

YEDI operates based on a unique model and therefore it was important for us to see how we compare to other business support organizations in order to validate that our choice of model was indeed correct. Receiving this award, further proves to us that we are on the right track and look forward to supporting many more Canadian entrepreneurs.” Dr. Marat Ressin, YEDI  President  

About CanadianSME Business Magazine Canadian SME Magazine understands the need to provide a helping hand to new businesses. They’ve developed the idea of educating, encouraging and enhancing young businesses through influential writings presented by experts from various business fields. Through the magazine, Canadian entrepreneurs are inspired to do more and work smarter in order to achieve their goals. The succinct idea is to strengthen the conduct of Canadian SMEs: fortify their foundations and provide a smoother ride towards success with acquiring the best spot in the marketplace. And so, the Magazine’s vivid aim remains to empower Canadian SMEs and position them as the leading aces in their fields through its services. www.canadiansme.ca

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YEDI Concludes Fall 2019 Incubator Program

On January 10, 2020, YEDI celebrated the completion of the 2019 Fall Incubator Program. 15 entrepreneurs presented their ventures to YEDI’s funder audience, culminating 4 months of growth and hard work. Upon completion of the program, participants are now part of YEDI’s extensive alumni network where they will continue to be supported through access to mentors, networks and resources for continued success.

We look forward to celebrating your successes!

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Members of Parliament acknowledge YEDI’s UBI ranking achievement

Thank you, Hon. MP Peter Kent and MP Michael Levitt for visiting YEDI and our wonderful November International group to address the participants and present YEDI with congratulatory letters marking YEDI’s recent UBI Global ranking achievement. Hon. MP Peter Kent and MP Michael Levitt have been wonderful supporters of YEDI from the beginning, and we are very grateful for it.

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YEDI Ranked Among World Top Business Accelerators by UBI Global

York Entrepreneurship Development Institute has once again been ranked among the World Top Business Accelerators by UBI Global. This means that, as assessed by UBI Global, YEDI has demonstrated exceptional achievements in value creation for client start-ups, value for the local ecosystem, and overall attractiveness as an accelerator. 

“The secret of our success is a great team, amazing partners and ambitious goals,” said YEDI President, Dr. Marat Ressin, who accepted the award on YEDI’s behalf at the World Incubation Summit. 

Within 6 years, YEDI has helped over 550 entrepreneurs from all over the world grow and achieve their business objectives by providing education, mentorship, and resources. YEDI alumni have proven to be innovative and resilient, leading to the highest survival rate in the industry of 87% post-program completion. 

Since its inception, YEDI has been committed to the goal of educating and supporting entrepreneurs both at home in Canada and around the world. In 2019, the YEDI VC Fund became an officially designated VC fund by the Government of Canada under its Start-Up Visa Immigration Program, allowing international ventures to grow and flourish in Canada along with YEDI’s guidance. 

In partnership with the Schulich Executive Education Centre at the Schulich School of Business, YEDI continues to develop its educational programs, creating new opportunities for entrepreneurs to obtain knowledge from world-renowned and experienced instructors and key industry leaders. 

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