The B.E.S.T (Black Entrepreneurship and Skilled Trades) Foundation Program in partnership with Ontario Tech University is a series of customized modules and training specifically designed to guide aspiring entrepreneurs through creating a business in the Skilled Trades industry. The B.E.S.T program aims to prepare the next generation of Black identified entrepreneurs and young business leaders to launch successful businesses in the Skilled Trades. The program streams include automotive, culinary, hospitality, construction, and service.
The first 500 students to complete the modules and pitch receive a micro-credential and Digital Certificate of Completion. A micro-credential is a digitally-recorded recognition of a small, specific skill. It represents evidence of your skills for employers, educators, and peers. Micro-credentials are created with industry, so you can be assured that the skills you are learning are in demand and current.
“700,000 skilled trades workers are expected to retire between 2019 and 2028.” -Government of Canada
In the Skilled Trades industry, visible minorities are underrepresented and continue to face discrimination. A more inclusive and diverse trade industry could go a long way in attracting more Black professionals and financially empowering the next generation of Black Canadians. -Parsai Services Immigration
The B.E.S.T program aims to prepare the next generation of Black identified entrepreneurs and young business leaders to launch successful businesses in the Skilled Trades. We are seeking applicants who are passionate with a desire to take their business to the next level. Successful candidates will possess an entrepreneurial mindset as well as a commitment to learn more. Please review our Application Page or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Participants must identify as Black
Participants must be between the ages 16-39
Participants should be located in Southern Ontario
The B.E.S.T. program is designed for individuals learning about entrepreneurship for the first time, or current entrepreneurs with a desire to take their business to the next level.
Founders should have experience or interest in the following sectors: Automotive, Culinary, Hospitality, Construction or the Service industry
Program commitment time: 5-6 hours to complete modules
Biweekly mentorship sessions for 1-2 hours
All modules and training sessions will be held online. Participants must have a stable internet connection and have access to their own desktop computer or laptop.
Ontario Tech University and Dream Legacy Foundation carefully screen each application to ensure that participants are fit for the modules and training. Think you have what it takes? Read below to understand the application process and how each participant will be evaluated.
Fill out the initial application form through our online submission process, providing all the necessary information.
Complete video assignment and online assessment
Once you have been accepted into the program, you will be enrolled into online training for Skilled Trades entrepreneurship and mentorship
Kickstart your Skilled Trades business now! Dream Legacy Foundation is here to help you bring your dreams to life with the support of mentors, access to funding and training!
Eligibility to the program
Understanding the application requirements and process
Interested in learning more? We invite you to unlock your potential and connect with us!
Dream Legacy Foundation will be hosting a series of information sessions and we are inviting you to join us. The B.E.S.T Foundation Program is a series of customized modules and training specifically designed to guide aspiring entrepreneurs through the steps of creating a business in the Skilled Trades industry. If you are an aspiring entrepreneur, the sessions will provide you with specific details about the program and will allow you to meet the team!
This program is brought to you by: Black Entrepreneurship Program Ecosystem Fund
Ontario Tech provides the critical support students need to transition from a learning environment into the industry.The university connected me with industry leaders and ensured I was ready to present myself to future employers. I felt prepared to enter the workforce and my solid foundation allowed me to seamlessly transition into my career, and to quickly make an impact.
Our mission is to build a community of experts, influencers, entrepreneurs and advisors to fuel innovative change and put more Canadian ventures on the map. That’s why we focus on cultivating top talent. We believe the creativity and diversity that’s within the walls at Ontario Tech University can accelerate the success of ventures in our community.
If you have any questions, or wish to learn more about the Dream Legacy Foundation, please reach out to the team: Info@dreamlegacy.org