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, 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, as well as 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.
Back by hundreds of representatives in all 17 regions of Québec, strategic provincial allies, and public and private partners, 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.
The Semaine des entrepreneurs à l’école is an innovative motivational 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.
OSEntreprendre develops content for the Entreprendre c’est apprendre online platform for elementary and secondary school staff.
The flagship activity of OSEntreprendre, the OSEntreprendre Challenge, is a major Québec movement that acknowledges the entrepreneurial initiatives of young people from elementary school to university and business creators.
Inspiring Routes to a Successful Business is a platform to showcase a diversity of entrepreneurial adventure through the success stories of approximately 50 regional winners of the Successful Business Inc. division.
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: OSEntreprendre promotes the use of Measure 15111–“Volet” 1 by schools so that as many education professionals and students as possible can be supported throughout their process and experience being involved in an entrepreneurial project.
Volet 2 Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in elementary and secondary schools and in adult education centres: OSEntreprendre encourages schools to make use of Measure 15111–“Volet” 2, as it provides support for the implementation of Education Through Entrepreneurial Spirit in the schools and makes it possible to optimize the impacts of actions taken with students through the use of the 4 intervention levers.
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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