OSEntreprendre mobilizes a large network of partners to acknowledge entrepreneurial initiatives and inspire as many people as possible to believe in themselves and rise to the challenge of entrepreneurship. Throughout it all, human adventure and entrepreneurial diversity take centre stage. In addition, OSEntreprendre supports Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in schools, an exciting pedagogical approach that generates significant spinoffs for students. Backed by the OSEntreprendre Challenge and the Semaine des entrepreneurs à l’école, OSEntreprendre is able to reach out to young people from elementary school to university as well as business creators, and boasts more than 60 000 participants annually.
To inspire entrepreneurship in order to help build a proud, innovative, committed and prosperous Québec.
To become a symbol of mobilization and to help people discover their passion.
OSEntreprendre relies on hundreds of representatives in all 17 regions of Québec, strategic provincial allies, and public and private partners. This mobilized front helps to influence public policy in favour of developing a spirit of entrepreneurship in Québec, with results including the addition of the 5th orientation of entrepreneurship in the Politique québécoise de la Jeunesse 2030, the formalization of Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit levers at the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur, and the province’s adoption of new budgetary measures for schools.
The OSEntreprendre Challenge is a major movement in Québec that makes it possible to single out and acknowledge the initiatives of more than 50 000 participants—both students from elementary school to university and business creators—everywhere in Québec, at the local, regional and provincial levels.
With the help of its representatives, OSEntreprendre shines the spotlight on inspirational individuals and amazing projects, through the Semaine des entrepreneurs à l’école, the Entreprendre c’est apprendre platform, the OSEntreprendre Challenge, the Inspiring Models Successful Business Inc. and the “Entrepreneurship, I’m up for the Challenge!” campaign, in order to cultivate a entrepreneurial culture and foster the spirit of entrepreneurship.
From 1987 to 1997, three entrepreneurship contests vied for the attention of Québec’s students and new entrepreneurs. In 1997, their organizers agreed to join forces and found a new provincial organization that would promote new businesses, as well as entrepreneurial initiatives carried out in schools, by means of a single major competition. In 1998, the Québec Entrepreneurship Contest was launched, under the leadership of Suzie Harvey.
Benefiting from the recognition and the solid collaboration of the school system and the socio-economic systems in the regions, the new organization has gradually become an important vehicle for social and economic development, throughout Québec. It has contributed to the rise of young businesses that have benefited from the support, visibility and credibility they acquired as participants and prizewinners to develop durable roots, strengthen their foundations, create jobs and achieve their full potential. By fostering project development in the schools, it is also recognized as a way to facilitate student retention, career guidance and the development of a sense of identity among young people.
OSEntreprendre was officially launched in September 2015. This change of name and logo, provided for in the organization strategic plan for 2014-2017 and made possible through the support of private partners, is designed to reflect the boldness of our clients and our mission to “foster the spirit of entrepreneurship. ”The “Entrepreneurship, I’m up for the challenge!” campaign encourages those who take action to storm the stage. People of all ages can draw attention to their bold achievements by posting the back of the campaign poster on social media or using the hashtag #moijosentreprendre. Projects eligible for the OSEntreprendre Challenge will also receive campaign stickers, and students will receive badges.
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