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:
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 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.
Since 1998, OSEntreprendre activities have mobilized more than a million people, from young people in elementary school through university to business creators and entrepreneurs, in Québec’s 17 regions.
Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in Schools, along with its levers of awareness, experimentation, acknowledgement and self-affirmation, is an excellent pedagogical approach that has a significant impact on student development, contributing to entrepreneurial culture, student perseverance and educational success, personal satisfaction and fulfillment, and career choice.
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 major Québec movement that acknowledges the entrepreneurial initiatives of thousands of participants each year, including young people from elementary school through to university, and entrepreneurs. The OSEntreprendre Challenge is deployed and takes root at the local, regional and provincial levels. To help carry it out, over 300 representatives in all 17 regions of Québec spring into action to shine the spotlight on projects in their communities.
In keeping with its mission and the evolution of Québec’s social standards, OSEntreprendre encourages entrepreneurs to develop supply practices that prioritize dealing with other Québec businesses, through these four tools:
OSEntreprendre celebrates the diversity of Québec’s entrepreneurs and shines a spotlight on the human adventure that is entrepreneurship in a number of ways, including the Inspiring Routes to a Successful Business, the Inspiring Routes of Québec Women and the Inspiring Routes to Doing Business Together.
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.
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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