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May 23-25, 2019

Artwork by Eruoma Awashish

Dream UP. Stand UP. Start UP. 

Concordia University is the host partner of StartUP Nations, an initiative of the First Nations Social Economy Regional Table (First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Economic Development Commission), in partnership with the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Youth Network, to support a new generation of Indigenous social and collective entrepreneurs.


The project is made possible through the support of the Chantier de l’économie sociale and the Secrétariat à la jeunesse.

Participants from diverse nations arrive with bold ideas and a spirit of entrepreneurship and community-development. Over three days, they develop the skills and network they need to grow their collective projects and impact the social, cultural and economic development of their communities.

This year, StartUP Nations will include the participation of youth from the following communities: Quebec, Wendake, Odanak, Manawan, Ekuanitshit, Pessamit, Mashteuiatsh, Mistissini, Uashat-Maliotenam and Listuguj.

Participants receive guidance and training, making valuable connections with established figures who understand entrepreneurial action as a tool for community-based change.

Anna Kryzynski
Anna Kryzynski

The initiative’s primary goal is to promote social and collective economy among First Nations youth in Quebec, a model of development rooted in democracy, cooperation, creativity, and local thinking.


From inspiration to path forward, StartUP Nations is a compelling vehicle for Indigenous-made solutions.

To find out more, please contact Genevieve Sioui, Concordia Office of Community Engagement and Karine Awashish (Commission de développement économique des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador).


You can also reach us on social media by visiting our Facebook page.

Kam'ayaam/Chachim'multhnii (Cliff Atleo, Jr.)
Kam'ayaam/Chachim'multhnii (Cliff Atleo, Jr.)

Our first edition in numbers: 


3 days, 45 youth from 8 communities, 9 coaches, 1 panel, 7 workshops, and the very first series of pitches for 8 emerging entrepreneurial ventures. 

Learn more about the first edition.

StartUP Nations 2017

Partners and sponsors

The project is made possible through the support of the Chantier de l’économie sociale and the Secrétariat à la jeunesse.

StartUP Nations is grateful for the financial support received from the School of Community and Public Affairs and the Faculty of Arts and Science.

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