First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

What is the First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program?

The First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program is a ten-year collaboration between Simon Fraser University and the RBC Foundation to support entrepreneurship in Indigenous communities.

The vision of the program is to be a catalyst and resource for sustainable economic growth and diversification in Indigenous communities, using citizen entrepreneurship as its primary vehicle.


FPEAP works with Indigenous partners to co-create entrepreneurship programs that will best serve their communities. Building off of RADIUS’ experience and tested Trampoline and Slingshot models, the FPEAP consists of two related components:

  • Direct, cohort-based incubation and support of Indigenous entrepreneurs; and
  • Research and inquiry into the enabling conditions and barriers related to Indigenous entrepreneurship

While each program will differ depending on the needs and local context of each community, all will share in their approach of co-creation and collaboration among partnerships that are built on mutual trust, respect, and a commitment to building healthy communities. ​



EntrepreNorth’s vision is of Indigenous-focused businesses strengthening Northern ways of life. This project initiative offers programming to empower community-based entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses and livelihoods across Northern Canada.

EntrepreNorth is a project on Tides Canada’s shared platform, which supports on-the-ground efforts to create uncommon solutions for the common good. Tides Canada is a national Canadian charity dedicated to a healthy environment, social equity, and economic prosperity.

Tides Canada’s shared platform provides governance, human resources, financial, and grant management for leading environmental and social projects across Canada, allowing projects to more effectively achieve their missions.

EntrepreNorth’s first cohort of Indigenous and community-based entrepreneurs will begin their 6 month personal and business journey in September; where they will meet for three in-person, week long sessions, each followed by a 6 week applied block of individual work with their mentors and life coach.

  • September 15-21: Yellowknife, NT
  • November 12-16: Iqaluit, NU
  • January 21-25: Whitehorse, YT  


Read about the First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program


If you have questions about FPEAP and EntrepreNorth, email Candice Day, Program Manager at


Making the First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program Possible