Eight Canadian Youth Business Foundation Entrepreneurs Recognized by
TELUS launches November smartphone campaign, donates $25 from the
sale of every business smartphone to CYBF
TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 10/30/12 -- The Canadian Youth
Business Foundation (CYBF) is pleased to recognize eight young
entrepreneurs and their businesses supported by TELUS' $171,000
donation to CYBF.
Back in April, CYBF and TELUS announced a joint partnership to help
young entrepreneurs soar to new heights with their businesses. As
part of the commitment, TELUS made a donation of $100(i) to CYBF for
every person who attended a TELUS Challenge event, a year-long event
series that supported small businesses with speakers and information
to help them successfully tackle their business challenges such as
how to increase their reach using social media and how to attract and
retain Gen Y em
In addition, during the month of November, in support of Global
Entrepreneurship Week (November 12-18), TELUS will be committing
$25(ii) from the sale of every business smartphone to CYBF to support
young entrepreneurs as part of the donation.
The funds raised from the event series and smartphone campaign will
go towards supporting eight businesses through CYBF's program of
pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and
mentoring. The entrepreneurs recognized today will also be provided
mentoring sessions with senior TELUS staff, promotional support
through speaking and networking opportunities and a free Samsung
"CYBF is delighted to partner with TELUS to help young entrepreneurs
succeed while also driving a culture of youth entrepreneurship in
Canada," said Katrina White, Chief Strategy Officer, CYBF. "This
partnership is instrumental in helping us provide the vital tools and
support needed to prepare new generations of Canadian entrepreneurs
to embrace the challenge involved in realizing their dreams of owning
their own business."
To date, CYBF has invested in more than 5,260 young entrepreneurs,
whose businesses have created more than 20,800 new jobs.
"At TELUS, we have a philosophy to "give where we live" and in this
case, that means supporting the growth of entrepreneurial business in
Canada," said Jim Senko, vice-president of Small and Medium Business
Marketing at TELUS. "CYBF is a very dynamic and effective
organization, and TELUS is very pleased to be working with them to
empower the next generation of business owners."
The CYBF entrepreneurs and businesses that will benefit from TELUS'
-- Grass Frame Works: James Moore and Al Roback of Vancouver, British
Columbia manufacture bamboo bicycle frames and fully assembled bicycles
using these frames. The frames come from fully sustainable materials
such as bamboo, hemp fibre and plant based epoxy. www.grassframes.ca.
-- Kamisand Media Group: Nigel Fish and Mitchell Bowler of Vancouver,
British Columbia, developed Kamisand Media Group, a website asset
brokerage that connects owners of small- to medium-sized website-based
business to individual investors interested in expanding their own
online revenue portfolio. www.kamisand.com.
-- Fine Line Homes: Chris McLaren of Okotoks, Alberta custom builds homes
focusing on ecofriendly products, innovative processes and green
building techniques. www.finelinehomes.ca.
-- 3twenty Solutions: Bryan McCrea and Evan Willoughby of Saskatoon,
Saskatchewan design and manufacture durable, stackable and transportable
modular work force houses, offices and custom products for the mining,
oil/gas, construction and industrial markets. http://3twenty.ca.
-- Anice Jewellery: Brittany Hopleins of Toronto, Ontario, offers one-of-a-
kind jewellery, custom and repair work, antiques and workshops.
-- InsureEye: Alexey Saltykov of Toronto, Ontario provides consumers with
an intelligent and user-friendly solution to allow them to manage all of
their insurance policies more effectively and efficiently, including
cost avoidance and reduction, minimization of claims spending and
clarity on policy coverage and gaps. www.insureeye.com.
-- 3D Energy: Jean Carriere of Ottawa, Ontario provides energy simulations
and virtual design consultations to architects, engineers, builders and
building owners in order to reduce energy consumption and create a
sustainable environment. www.3denergy.ca.
-- Numesco: Mylene Montpetit of Suroit-Sud, Quebec offers innovative
graphics design and publishing of 3D educational books for kids using an
interactive whiteboard and developed with input from teachers.
(i)Challenge event series raised $64,000 for CYBF
(ii)Campaign runs from November 1 - 30, 2012. TELUS will contribute a
maximum of $107,000. Eligible for new business activations and
renewals of smartphones. Total donation to CYBF including Challenge
event series is $171,000.
About CYBF - Canada's Entrepreneur Gateway
The Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) is the 'go to' place
for youth entrepreneurship. As a national organization, we are
dedicated to growing Canada's economy one young entrepreneur at a
time. We look at character not collateral, when providing youth, age
18-39, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up
financing and mentoring, to help them launch and sustain a successful
entrepreneurial business. CYBF is the founder of G20 Young
Entrepreneur Summit (G20 YES) and founding member of the G20 Young
Entrepreneurs' Alliance (G20 YEA). www.cybf.ca.
TELUS (TSX:T)(TSX:T.A)(NYSE:TU) is a leading national
telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.6 billion of annual
revenue and 12.8 million customer connections including 7.4 million
wireless subscribers, 3.5 million wireline network access lines, 1.3
million Internet subscribers and 595,000 TELUS TV customers. Led
since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a
wide range of communications products and services including
wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television,
tainment and video.
In support of our philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, our team
members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to
charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2
million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen
TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives.
TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic
corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising
Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this
prestigious international recognition.
For more information about TELUS, please visit www.telus.com.
Canadian Youth Business Foundation
Director, Marketing and Communications
1-866-646-2923 Ext. 2203, cell: 647-680-8165
TELUS Media Relations
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