Online summit helps northern BC youth become entrepreneurs – Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal


The annual iCubed Youth Innovation Summit for Northern British Columbia takes place online on March 3.

The summit helps expose northern BC youth to innovative businesses and helps them develop their entrepreneurial ideas. The event first went online last year, attracting nearly 1,000 students from across the province.

Sagar Saxena, the director of YELL Canada North organizes the event in Prince George. In a Feb. 8 press release, Saxena said hosting the event virtually because of the pandemic also means being able to include more students.

“We’re asking students to think bigger, so we started doing that too and opened the event up to everyone.

students in schools across the province,” Saxena said.

“We were thrilled to see our small northern BC event attracting students from the Okanagan and even participants from the Northwest Territories. »

The summit brings together speakers from across BC to share stories of their entrepreneurial journey and lessons learned and introduces students to different career paths. This year, the event features speakers on topics including environmental sustainability, impact investing, and cryptocurrency.

Nicole Abley, who teaches at Westside Academy, said her students thought the online version of the iCubed Summit was excellent last year. She said many came out of the summit with a newfound enthusiasm for entrepreneurship – because they realized that successful, successful businesses can be started anywhere by anyone.

“A lot of times, students from the North think they need to move to a big center like Edmonton or Vancouver for career opportunities,” Abley said.

“But the iCubed Summit provided speakers who showed them that they can start dynamic and exciting businesses right here in Prince George.”

However, being in line for a one-day virtual event is not as easy as it seems. With COVID-19 impacting everyone for an entire year, student engagement has practically presented new challenges. So the summit was reformatted with short sessions that changed quickly and includes interactive hands-on activities to keep students engaged throughout the day.

Schools in northern BC who sign up also receive a pizza dinner. The event is being run as a virtual “viewing party” style event, which means teachers must register their students as an entire class watching together.

Once the teacher has signed up, they will receive the activity and a gift box with things to keep students engaged throughout the day. To learn more about the event, you can visit

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