Responsible Business & Enterprise

The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur

The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur is a unique, made-in-Canada program that provides servicemen and women transitioning from the Canadian Forces with the education, financing and mentoring needed to launch and sustain successful businesses.

The program combines the strengths of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation’s (CYBF) 16 years of mentoring and financing entrepreneurs with Enactus Memorial’s internationally recognized business boot camp for veterans. The program is currently being managed by Prince’s Charities Canada and is administered by our partners.

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How The Prince is involved

The Prince of Wales has a long-standing commitment to the Canadian Forces, for whom he serves as Colonel-in-Chief to seven different regiments.

Seeking a way for His Royal Highness to help transitioning Canadian servicemen and women, Prince’s Charities Canada looked to the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, an affiliate of his Youth Business International charity. Further study confirmed the need for help and suggested the program draw on the CYBF as well as the “Based in Business” educational boot camp offered by the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter at Memorial University to veterans over the past three years.

Outcomes include:

  • Over 31 businesses started since 2012
  • Three ‘Based-in-Business’ entrepreneurial boot camp locations delivered at Memorial University, The Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina and a French language site at Universite Laval
  • 70 graduates of ‘Based-in-Business’ since 2012
  • More than 145 participants have taken our one-day ‘Be Your Own Boss’ introductory workshops since 2013