Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Motorvationally Speaking" - "Y" Slay the Dragons?

"The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning - to create a product or service to make the world a better place"
GUY KAWASAKI, Entrepreneur, Investor, Author

Is entrepreneurship is in your genes?

In the end, the "Dragons" will have the final say.

And a young Canadian entrepreneur between the ages of 18-and-34 will be in business for themselves, thanks to a first-of-its kind national initiative.

Primary carriers of the "YPreneurGene" will head to Toronto in November to appear before CBC's "Dragons Den" and put their best foot forward in an attempt to demonstrate why they have been sufficiently "infected" as to warrant their own franchise. This unique opportunity will see the eventual winner walk away with a prize package worth about $100,000 in financial, instructional and material support, directed at helping them launch their own business.

The idea is to offer a hand up - not a hand out.

Interestingly enough, one of the key people driving this social media-driven cause is a young entrepreneur himself.

Today on TSB, we get up close and personal with the Project Manager behind ... the highly motorvated and dynamic, Dan Gillis!

This "YPG" contest coincides with Global Entrepreneurship Week in mid-November in Toronto and further details on contest rules on how to enter can be found by clicking here. Basically, contestants are being challenged to upload a 3-5 minute video about their "YPreneurGene" and how they would market a franchise for under $100. Why $100? Because, that's what Ken LeBlanc and Jeremy Demont, the original founders of got started with before growing a national system with more than 120 franchises, represented in more than 600 communities, creating more than 500 full and part-time jobs.

"Motorvationally Speaking", on CHCD TV, is a weekly, internet-based show focused on people who embrace the power of positive thinking. The guests may not always be famous, but they are always enlightening, and each one of them has an interesting story to tell. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome as we aim to inspire, educate and motorvate.

"The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It's as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer"
NOLAN BUSHNELL, Founder of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese's

p.s. The way Ken LeBlanc sees it, entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won't, so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can't.

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