Helping veterans become entrepreneurs

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur

Skilled veterans.  Confident entrepreneurs.

Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur (POE) is a national program that provides transitioning Canadian military personnel and veterans with the education, tools and resources needed to open their own businesses.

It was established in 2012 to meet a previously unmet need of national entrepreneurial supports specifically tailored to the Canadian Armed Forces.

POE helps ease the transition into second careers and civilian life and fills a much needed void in the employment landscape of transitioning military members.

“Canadian servicemen and women give so much in support of their country. I am keen to ensure that when their duty is done they have everything they need to make a smooth transition to civilian life.”

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

One-Day Workshops

These “Introduction to Entrepreneurship” workshops are held on Canadian Armed Forces bases across Canada.  They provide participants with a chance to learn about what it takes to become a successful business owner and to decide whether entrepreneurship is right for them. Learn more

Seven-Day Boot Camps

The seven-day intensive business boot camps are designed to help transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members, who already have a business idea, rapidly advance their entrepreneurial and business skills and knowledge.  Topics covered range from business planning to accounting and marketing.  Learn more


Ongoing Support

For those starting and growing their ventures, POE offers short-term business coaching by our Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, the Canadian Veteran Business Directory, webinars, pro bono legal services and curated online assets including books, videos and links.  Learn more

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Program Impact


businesses started by 330 boot camp graduates


one-day workshop attendees


student volunteers


communities with program presence