MasterCard Masters of Code is searching for Canada’s tech entrepreneurs

tech-entrepreneurAre you a tech entrepreneur who has a great idea for an app? Get thee to Montreal in September for the MasterCard Masters of Code competition!

According to their website:

Enter Masters of Code Competition, by MasterCard. In this intense series of hackathons we have one goal: traverse the globe to find the BEST in-class Coders! We aim to encourage innovation among enterprise as well as independent Coders.

Winners from each region will be flown out for the final Master of Code hackathon where the winning team will be recognized as the first ever Masters of Code, ceremoniously given their MC Jackets, $100,000 and eternal fame and glory.

If that sounds like you or your small business, visit their website for more information – and good luck!

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Businessweek’s best young entrepreneurs of 2011 announced

Businessweek has released their list of the top five best young entrepreneurs of 2011, chosen by readers. It’s a yearly roundup of the most promising small businesses run by young entrepreneurs under the age of 25.

Yes, this list is focused on American entrepreneurs, but who says we can’t show a bit of neighbourly interest and support? At GoForth, we love the passion, adaptability and fresh ideas young entrepreneurs bring to the world. The top five has a great mix of online businesses and those run offline, and cover such offerings as energy-efficient lighting to music brokering to tutoring. Congratulations to all the nominees! Check out the reader’s picks at Businessweek’s website.

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2011 is the Year of the Entrepreneur

According to a Globe & Mail article this week, 2011 is the Year of the Entrepreneur. What does this mean, exactly?

Rob Moore, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, made the designation as a way to bring awareness to the importance of small business, though initiatives to support this have yet to be announced.

At GoForth Institute, we’re tireless supporters of small business owners and hope that the Year of the Entrepreneur does see more government-supported programs and initiatives. However, perhaps the lack of these programs is intentional, motivating entrepreneurs to create their own pathways to innovation. We know it’s difficult, but it’s also not impossible.

Don’t believe us? Check out the skills we teach in our online small business training. We don’t just tell you how to balance your books or how to buy a franchise. We also help entrepreneurs understand where small business creativity comes from. We believe innovation comes from anywhere and everywhere. Our goal is to connect entrepreneurs with resources and tips to help them pull those amazing idea out of their brains and turn them into something great.

What do you think about the Year of the Entrepreneur designation? Do you want official initiatives and programs, or do you think entrepreneurs can innovate all on their own?

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