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 First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program is a decolonized economy created for and by Indigenous people alongside deep and meaningful partnerships.

The FPEAP contributes to this vision by cultivating deep, values aligned relationships with Indigenous led partners to co-create entrepreneurship programing that recognizes the whole individual, centering Indigenous wisdom and worldview.

 

About the First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

FPEAP’s process is to work in partnership with Indigenous led organizations to co-create entrepreneurship programs that will best serve their communities. This includes cohort and peer-based learning that centres Indigenous wisdom, the strengths of the entrepreneur, and community impact. 

The First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program is committed to the following goals: 

  • To design and deliver entrepreneurship programming with an Indigenous lens; upholding Indigenous knowledge and worldview.
  • To invest in Indigenous talent to strengthen the capacity of the Indigenous entrepreneurship ecosystem. 
  • To contribute thought leadership towards a new narrative of economic freedom and self determination through Indigenous entrepreneurship. 
  • To align the FPEAP with SFU’s broader reconciliation goals and contribute to the ongoing work of decolonizing the institution – in partnership with Beedie’s Indigenous Business Leadership programming, and the other Indigenous departments and programs at SFU.

Current programs

Fireweed Fellowship

The FPEAP has partnered with Raven Indigenous Capital Partners to co-create the design and delivery of the Fireweed Fellowship!

The Fireweed Fellowship is the first national accelerator program for Indigenous entrepreneurship in Canada. The program will consist of a 10-month-long, immersive, cohort-style fellowship program including distance subject-matter-expert sessions, entrepreneurial online group learning and leadership development. Additionally the program offers peer support, one-on-one coaching, mentorship, pro-bono professional services as well as investment-readiness learning.

This program is co-created with, and informed by, knowledge keepers, business leaders and an all Indigenous program team. Programming will examine alternative economic models and perspectives and will be guided by the inherent wisdom and deep knowing of our ancestors. We will explore the individual and cultural value of entrepreneurship with a decolonial lens, and celebrate the strength of Indigenous world-views.

The TEAM

Meet the RADIUS Team Behind First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

Candice Day

Program Manager

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.

LEARN MORE

Read About the First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

CONTACT

Questions?

If you have questions about FPEAP, email Candice Day, Program Manager at cday@radiussfu.com

SPONSORS and PARTNERS

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