Hear from our Alumni

I am excited about the new tools I have to run my business.

Zahra Qureshi
Social Venture Circuit

We at Black Circle are honoured to be chosen for the YEDI program.
The story of how this organization came to be is truly inspiring and serves as a reminder that success requires strategy, determination, and persistence. YEDI renewed our sense of responsibility to create opportunities for others through entrepreneurship. Working with fellow entrepreneurs has been a great experience and we have learned so much from each other. While there are many accelerators available, few provide the level of support and partnership that YEDI offers both during and after the program. The final pitch was empowering as we witnessed firsthand the transformative growth of all participants, thanks to the challenging questions posed throughout the sessions on topics such as competitive advantage, leadership, and purpose.

Annick Kabeya
Black Circle

Studying at YEDI has completely redefined how I look and think about my venture.
It’s vital to understand the investor’s mindset, what is needed to succeed, and the steps that need to be taken to present your business in the most professional way – YEDI guides you step by step to achieve your venture goals. I especially enjoyed Ric’s body language and slide deck class to fine tune my presentation skills and final pitch deck. The knowledge you receive at YEDI is invaluable and I will always be grateful to the special care and insight brought forth by every faculty member. They truly want you to succeed and grow as a person. I highly recommend this program to anyone starting out, or in the middle of their start-up journey!

Lior Khananaev
Sweet Lemon Inc.

I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in YEDI’s not-for-profit program.

Within a few months of launching Social Venture Circuit. The program was very specific in bringing out issues, real-world examples and unique approaches to managing a non-profit effectively. The sessions gave me insight to make strategic decisions, ensure that strong governance was in place and I was preparing for sustainability in today’s challenging economic environment. The modules and one-on-one sessions with seasoned experts made a big difference in my growth.

Zahra Qureshi
Social Venture Circuit

Excited for the new tools I have to run my business.

I am so grateful for my time at YEDI. It’s remarkable that a program like this even exists and helps entrepreneurs at every stage of their journey. Our cohort all came from such diverse backgrounds (some have training in business, and others just instinct) but yet, the curriculum is so accessible, and Oleg, Marat and Ric and the guest instructors make sure the subject matter is relevant and easy to grasp. I know I’ve looked forward to every Wednesday evening for the past 16 weeks, and I’m sad to see it end, but I’m excited for the new tools I have to run my business.

Andrea Orazi
The Chufa Co

YEDI has proved itself to be a valuable and reliable partner.

With YEDI’s guidance, we have been able to define our future business direction, goals, and obtain concrete tools for addressing and accomplishing these objectives.Additionally, YEDI provided the option of an affordable facility to accommodate our formerly, small warehouse. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with YEDI in the future, expanding our knowledge, exploring new business opportunities and sharing our experience with other new initiatives.

Konstantin Feinberg
ProSkaters Place

YEDI has proven to be one of the greatest.

Without a shadow of a doubt, YEDI has proven to be one of the greatest highlights of my 30 year career as a scientist, educator and entrepreneur. In 4 short months, we so finely honed our business acumen that I believe our entire class is set on a success course that will not only transform our lives but also positively impact Canadian society as a whole. More power to you, YEDI!

Arnie Gotfryd
Maxi Mind

YEDI Institute prepared me for real life situations.

The Entrepreneurship development program at YEDI Institute prepared me for real life situations by providing interesting and relevant course material through combination of theory and practical experience. If you are considering developing any venture, YEDI Institute offers a warm, friendly, positive , supportive staff and a convenient way of learning.

Vladimir Demine
Victoria Ballet Company

…wealth of practical knowledge

My experience in this program has given me a wealth of practical knowledge and has supported me in developing the processes and tools to take my venture to the next level. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow in the company of such an outstanding group of experts and fellows!

Janet Nezon
Rainbow Plate

A must for a beginning entrepreneur.

YEDI is a must for a beginning entrepreneur.

Judy Haimov
Laser Weld Creation

Amazing experience in online learning during COVID

ncredible community of entrepreneurs and great mentors who provided a lot of useful materials and suggestions. YEDI is one of the best places to take your startup to a higher level. Thanks to the YEDI team for the opportunities to grow and learn something new..

Vladimir Shcherbukhin

…expert professionals who truly care

In our fast-paced world, it is refreshing to have met YEDI’s Program Advisors – Marat, Oleg and Richard – expert professionals who truly care.

Dennis Sherbakov
LD Superior Homes

The YEDI program validated our company’s position

The YEDI program validated our company’s position in an educational context. It has strengthened my entrepreneurial confidence to grow our business to the next level.

Janet Janiuk
Firefly Power

Fantastic Tools

YEDI provided fantastic tools and guidance to ensure the successful growth and operation of our not-for-profit organization. Now I know how to run our not-for-profit organization as efficiently as a for-profit venture. Thank you YEDI team!

I highly recommend this program.

This is a wonderful business education program that covers every aspect of building a start-up company. I highly recommend this program to any entrepreneur looking to build or refine their business plan, get feedback and improve presentation skills.

Gil Katz

It has given me new perspective on operating a non-profit.

I am so pleased I had the opportunity to participate in the YEDI course. It has given me new perspective on operating a non-profit, as well the necessary structure for my organization to grow through a sound business plan. I have told many people how thrilled I am with this course and have already highly recommended it to others!

Una Wright
Youth Speak

…have given me the tools to teach others.

I am a proud graduate of the YEDI program. The skills I have learned here have not only benefited me but have given me the tools to teach others in my community. Throughout the program, the curriculum, the mentorship and the network built has proven to be invaluable. Much appreciation to the YEDI team!

Anique Jordan
The Craft Exchange

Outstanding business development program.

This is an outstanding business development program. Whether you are an experienced or new entrepreneur, you will learn how to develop your business like no other program! The program advisers are tops and their care, knowledge and time are priceless! This program is a WOW!

Jacob Stevens