Responsible Business & Enterprise

The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur

Empowering Canadian Forces Members to Become Entrepreneurs

The Prince’s Operation Entrepreneur is a national program of The Prince’s Charities Canada for transitioning Canadian Armed Forces members interested in starting their own business. We offer the tools needed to succeed as an entrepreneur through education, financing and mentoring.

The Prince of Wales is committed to supporting the Canadian Armed Forces, for whom he serves as Colonel-in-Chief to seven different regiments. This program is a way of recognizing the invaluable service that the Canadian Armed Forces deliver by helping them start the next stage of their careers. The Prince’s Charities Canada has partnered with Enactus Memorial and Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation).

What we offer:

Seven-Day Boot Camps:

An intensive and rewarding business boot camp designed for transitioning military personnel who already have a business idea and are ready to make it happen. Topics range from business planning to accounting and marketing. Applications for summer 2015 will open from February 2015-May 2015. For more information, please visit our new website:

One-Day Workshops

Our introduction to entrepreneurship workshop is designed for transitioning members of the military, reservists, veterans and spouses. They take place across Canada and are ideal for anyone in the idea stage to someone who has recently started a business. For a location near you, please visit:

Mentoring & Financing

Access to mentoring and up to $45,000 in financing are available through our partner Futurprenuer Canada. Click here to learn more:

Outcomes include:

  • Over 75 businesses have started since 2012
  • 129 graduates of ‘Based-in-Business’ since 2012
  • 3 boot camp locations delivered at Memorial University, The Paul J. Hill School of Business at the University of Regina and a French course at the Université Laval
  • A 4th location has been added for 2015 at Dalhousie University in Halifax
  • More than 420 participants in our one-day ‘Introduction to Entrepreneurship’ workshops since 2013

 Quotes from graduates:

“This is a superb course that has allowed me to discover different ways to help and to find the
real voice of my business. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.” Errol
“This course is enriching and allows those in the military to discover how they can use this
information to actually start their own business.” Jonathan
“Before this course I was nervous about transitioning. Now I know I can tackle my business and that people actually care. I have the courage to move forward.”

For more information:

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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 Futurpreneur Canada, an affiliate of his Youth Business International charity. Further study confirmed the need for help and suggested the program draw upon Futurpreneur as well as the educational boot camp offered by Enactus Memorial at Memorial University to veterans.