To foster the spirit of 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.
Respect – Skilfulness – Commitment
OSEntreprendre mobilizes a large network of partners to promote entrepreneurial initiatives and inspire as many people as possible to believe in themselves and rise to the challenge of entrepreneurship.
To embody its mission, OSEntreprendre draws strength from the following three pillars: the Reference Framework – Entrepreneurial Development, the recognition of entrepreneurship as a human adventure, and the Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit pedagogical approach.
Building on its observations and its collaboration with a host of stakeholders, OSEntreprendre has developed the Reference Framework – Entrepreneurial Development in order to rally the different perspectives around a common language, where human adventure takes centre stage, together with the needs of people and the actors who influence them. The bottom of the graph shows the impacts of entrepreneurship in society, in an ever-present back and forth between the individual and society. The horizontal band illustrates the interventions individuals can carry out to bolster entrepreneurship, with one side featuring the intervention levers for Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit and the impacts illustrated by the coloured circles, and the other side featuring the tools made available to organizations to help them support entrepreneurship.
The importance of entrepreneurship is often highlighted through its economic impacts and generally recognized by corroborating statistics. OSEntreprendre is proud to present a complementary outlook that both celebrates the entrepreneurial diversity in Québec and showcases the entrepreneurial adventure that motivates the entrepreneurs—who often speak of freedom, autonomy, values and balance—and the mission they give their business.
Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in Schools, backed by its levers of awareness, experimentation, acknowledgement and self-affirmation, is an excellent pedagogical approach that has a significant impact on student development by contributing to entrepreneurial culture, student perseverance and educational success, personal satisfaction and growth, and career guidance. The school staff who use this entrepreneurial approach report a renewal of their practices, greater pleasure from teaching, a decrease in behavioural issues and improved class management.
OSEntreprendre has a mission: to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship in order to help build a proud, innovative, committed and prosperous Québec. OSEntreprendre mobilizes a large network of partners to encourage and inspire as many people as possible to bring their ideas to life. OSEntreprendre draws strength from the following three pillars: the Reference Framework – Entrepreneurial Development, the recognition of entrepreneurship as a human adventure, and the Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in Schools pedagogical approach. Backed by the OSEntreprendre Challenge and the Semaine des entrepreneurs à l’école, OSEntreprendre brings together over 80,000 participants, including young people from elementary school to university, as well as business creators.
The Semaine des entrepreneurs à l’école is an innovative event that brings together thousands of students in elementary school through university and entrepreneurs from their community by means of free conferences offered at school. It is an activity to raise awareness, the first lever of Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in Schools. It helps to develop an entrepreneurial culture among young people and encourages them to carry out their own project.
The OSEntreprendre Challenge is a major Québec movement that acknowledges the entrepreneurial initiatives of thousands of participants each year, from young people from elementary school to university through its Scholastic section, and new entrepreneurs through its Business Creation section. It also showcases inspiring routes to success through its Successful Business Inc. section and exemplary purchasing practices prioritizing Québec suppliers through its Doing Business Together section.
The OSEntreprendre Challenge is deployed and takes root at the local, regional and provincial levels. More than 350 representatives are mobilized in all 17 regions of Québec to help carry the OSEntreprendre Challenge and shine the spotlight on projects in their communities.
Inspiring Routes to a Successful Business is a platform to showcase a diversity of entrepreneurial adventures through the success stories of approximately 60 regional winners of the Successful Business Inc. section. These entrepreneurs are celebrated for their winning recipe of achievements, values and dreams. The OSEntreprendre website has a dedicated section for their stories, which are published both online and in print.
The “Entrepreneurship, I’m up for the Challenge!” campaign encourages those who take action to affirm their identity. People of all ages can draw attention to their bold achievements by posting their selfie against the background 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.
“Volet” 1, Entrepreneurial Experimentation, makes it possible to support entrepreneurial experimentation projects in the youth and adult general education sectors by instilling the entrepreneurial spirit in students and adult learners.
“Volet” 2, Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in elementary and secondary schools, and in adult education centres, makes it possible to financially support school boards in the development of activities that foster Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in youth general education in elementary and secondary schools, and in adult education centres that commit to implementing the four intervention levers (awareness, experimentation, acknowledgement, self-affirmation) in Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit with their students.
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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