The challenge was a national initiative to mentor 10,000 enterprising Canadians over the course of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov. 18-24, 2013.
There were 95 entries to the challenge from organizations in more than 25 communities across the country. Based on the level of engagement, the reach, and the quality of the events, one winning organization was chosen, two front-runners were awarded and three honourable mentions were recognized.
“We were really surprised and excited to hear that we were chosen as a front-runner in a national contest around entrepreneurship mentoring,” said Anne Cooper, Learning Initiative's director of programs, in a release. “At Learning Initiative, we do what we do, for the most part, quietly ... so it’s always rewarding to be acknowledged on a national level for the quality of the contribution we make.”
Learning Initiative hosted a Mentorship Power Day, as its contribution to the Canadian Mentorship Challenge.
Montreal's Dawson College was the Canadian Mentorship Challenge winner, and Calgary-based AcceleratorYYC was chosen as a front-runner along with Learning Initiative.