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Young entrepreneurs wanted for 8-week business program

About three dozen Lower Mainland high school students will be selected to take part in an eight-week business program aimed at empowering the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The non-profit group TiE Young Entrepreneurs (www.tyevancouver.com) is offering the program, which culminates in youth forming into groups, who will each be assigned a mentor, and partake in a local business plan competition.

One student team will be selected to be flown to Atlanta, where they will square off against student teams from 16 other cities, with the winning team taking home $25,000 in prizes.

Applications for the program will be accepted until Sunday, Aug. 21, after which organizers will comb through the entries to handpick the winners (who will be asked to pay a nominal $50 fee).

Seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders (the finance portion of the program will be taught by a partner at KPMG) will be brought in to coach students from Grade 9 to 12 in workshops and training sessions held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at KMPG in Burnaby.

"Our aim is to attract as many student applicants as possible and showcase Metro Vancouver's local innovative talent," said Amit Sandhu, vice-president of development for Ampri Group and a member of the TiE organizing committee. "Naturally, I would like to see Richmond represented in this program."

The program kicks off on Sept. 17, and ends in April.

It is open to all high schools students in the Metro Vancouver area.

—Martin van den Hemel

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