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Young Filipino-Canadians Resilience Project

February 8, 2021

In light of the scant opportunities during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PCC offered a series of online events to develop the entrepreneurial skills of young Filipino-Canadians and encourage them to start their own business.

Online Basic to Start-up Entrepreneurship Training

This is a series of three 3.5-hour workshops + one 1.5-hour pitch presentation session that aims to prepare the participants in setting up an enterprise out of a promising business idea.

The Basic to Start-up Entrepreneurship Training had the following schedule:

Date Topic
Feb 23 (Tuesday) Entrepreneurship Fundamentals (business idea generation and business modelling)
Feb 25 (Thursday) Market/Customer segmentation
Mar 2 (Tuesday) Building a compelling business start-up narrative
Mar 4 (Friday) Business start-up pitch presentation

At the end of the training, the participants were expected to define and articulate the product or services that they would like to sell to a specific market and devise a high-level plan to make it happen.

The workshops were facilitated by Mr. Renjie Butalid, a leading Filipino-Canadian business innovation and start-up specialist based in Toronto.

The project is supported by the Employment and Social Development Canada through the Emergency Community Support Fund, managed by the Canadian Red Cross.

For more information about this training, please contact Jean Roxas at

Pre-Entrepreneurship Online Events

These are livestream lectures and interviews which aim to introduce the basics of entrepreneurship as an alternative path to gainful self-employment. It featured two experts on entrepreneurship from Algonquin College (Ottawa) and successful young Filipino-Canadian entrepreneurs from Toronto and Ottawa who shared their stories on starting and running their own businesses. The lectures and interviews were held nightly at 5:30 pm starting February 15th to February 22nd and livestreamed in

Date Topic Method
Feb 15 (Monday) The basics of youth entrepreneurship by Christopher Dore, Professor Algonquin College Lecture
Feb 16 (Tuesday) Journey to entrepreneurship self-discovery: transforming creative skills into income-generating venture by Andrea Mapili, Innovator, Movement Director, Dramatic Arts specialist Interview
Feb 17 (Wednesday) Balancing Act: How a young Filipino-Canadian entrepreneur tackles numerous opportunities and challenges by Katherine Raagas, Early childhood educator, skincare businesswoman Interview
Feb 18 (Thursday) Innovation, how to get abreast with the ever changing market by Yoni Sambo, Commercial and Fashion Photographer Interview
Feb 19 (Friday) Market segmentation, how to stand out in a crowded marketplace by Joseph Puzon, Fashion Designer Interview
Feb 22 (Monday) Support for young entrepreneurs in Canada (Federal, provincial, municipal, NGOs) by Mark Allice, Professor, Algonquin College Lecture