Innovation Centre Giving Youth Opportunity to Learn New Skills, Network


Youth aged 18-29 from the Algoma Region gathered at the Water Tower Inn on Friday morning for the second annual Youth Entrepreneurship Summit. This summit, hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre, gave them an opportunity to learn new skills about business and entrepreneurship, grow their network, and gain knowledge to become active change-makers in their communities.

Guest speakers and presenters included:

  • Amanda Carchidi (Ivory Lane Collective – Breakout Session Speaker)
  • Jeff Elgie (Village Media)
  • Kristi Rachkowski (VIBE Eatery – Breakout Session Speaker)
  • Marnie Stone (Stone’s Office Supply – Breakout Session Speaker); and
  • Ryan Rizzo (TerreSky)

“The main idea that we have behind YES Algoma is to encourage the youth and bring them together,” YouLaunch Youth Entrepreneur Coordinator Manisha Dave said.

“It’s a very casual environment – you sit together, you talk to friends, you eat, you drink – but at the same time, that’s where we plant the seed in them to think outside the box, do something different.”

Dave explained that this is one way they’re trying to encourage the local business community to grow.

Sault College Public Relations students Sabrinna Masasi and Jessica Tett were two of the many youth in attendance during Friday’s summit. Although neither of them have any plans to start their own business any time soon, they both said this is a great opportunity for youth to get involved in.

“You never know what’s going to happen in the future and just because you might not have planned that (to be a business owner), I think it’s really important not to limit yourself to ideas and to learn from people who have first-hand experience,” Masasi told SaultOnline.

Tett mirrored that sentiment, saying she thinks it’s important to know that “you have opportunities in your life and you can always do anything you want.”

For more information on YES Algoma, click here.