March 19, 2016 4:56 pm
Updated: March 19, 2016 8:38 pm

Youth Entrepreneurship Summit pushing young people to think outside the box

WATCH ABOVE: Young entrepreneurs took over the Fredericton Convention Centre on Saturday all looking to network and hear from some of the regions most successful business minds. As Global's Jeremy Keefe tells us organizers of the youth entrepreneurship summit say encouraging creativity in our students now will help create a thriving business market in the future.


After over 30 different events, East Coast Startup Week 2016 is in the books.

Rounding out the week was Saturday’s Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (Y.E.S.) which gave attendees various events to learn, network and be inspired to chase their dreams.

“We wanted to focus on changing the narrative of Atlantic Canada,” said Katie Davey, Y.E.S. Co-Chair. “We hear negativity quite often and we don’t see that. We really see a thriving young entrepreneurial mindset.”

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Davey says opportunities are out there for young entrepreneurs and Y.E.S. is a great way to create discussion with those just starting out as well as others who’ve turned ideas into reality.

“We really wanted to bring everyone together and focus on changing the story which is our theme this year,” she said. “Really get people excited and motivated to create that positive social change in their communities.”

Symone Jennings is the Student Ambassador for the Pond-Deshpande Centre.

She wants people not to limit their thinking because anything is possible.

“Anything can happen but if you really want to put your mind to it and see change happen it has to start with you,” Jennings said.

“It’s also important for students to realize the job you want may not currently exist here in the region but it’s important for you to have the tools to be able to utilize and create your own,” Jennings said. “Maybe you’ll inspire another person and that inspires another person and then its a beautiful chain reaction that we really want to see happening in the province.”

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