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 and community based 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.

EntrepreNorth’s first cohort of Indigenous and community-based entrepreneurs began their 6 month personal and business journey in September 2018; where they met for three in-person, week long sessions, each followed by a 6 week applied block of individual work with their mentors and life coach.


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The Program Team

Candice Day

Manager, First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

Candice is the manager of the RBC First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program (FPEAP). This program works in partnership with Indigenous-led organizations to co-create entrepreneurship programming that will best serve their communities. The FPEAP is committed to delivering entrepreneurship programming with an Indigenous lens, upholding Indigenous knowledge and worldview. Candice believes that an economy that is dynamic, just, sustainable, and resilient is one that supports and is informed by the wisdom of Indigenous entrepreneurs. She wishes to centre this wisdom and strength within the FPEAP, and work with partners who do the same. Candice brings a background in social enterprise development within urban Indigenous organizations to her role, as well as an MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership from the University of Fredericton.

Candice is of Secwepemc, Chinese and European ancestry. Growing up in northern BC has given her a deep appreciation for the wild parts of this province…and within herself 😉 She lives for exploring both while on her DRZ400.


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