Do you want to be a changemaker in your community? Are you between ages 16-29?

Be part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (YES) Algoma taking place Thursday, September 21st & Friday, September 22nd in Sault Ste. Marie, ON and become an agent of change in your community!

Deadline to submit your video is September 6th at 12am

Step 1
Share our Changemaker Video Challenge Facebook video using #YESAlgoma & Like the YES 
Algoma Facebook page.

Step 2

Film an engaging 30-second video explaining your innovative entrepreneurial idea. You can include props, tools, and anything else that will engage the audience! Make sure you introduce your idea, explain the problem you are hoping to solve, and how your idea will solve that problem. Then tell us why you are excited to attend YES Algoma.

Step 3

Upload your video below. Save your video as FirstName_LastName_Business/IdeaName_Year.

Step 4

Get your ticket to the YES Algoma and make sure you are present throughout the summit to accpet your prize!

Step 5

The top 3 videos will be posted on our Facebook page between September 7th and September 14th . The video with the most Likes by 5 pm September 14th will be the winner! If you share your video make sure to use #YESAlgoma.

Step 6

The winner will be announced sometime between September 21st and 22nd at the Youth Entrepreneurship Summit at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites! You must be present to claim the prize!

Enter our 30-second Changemaker Video Challenge for a chance to win $250 towards your entrepreneurial idea!!

Meet our Keynote Speakers!

Tech titan Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The newest (and youngest ever) entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms and Snap By Groupon, which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars. She is also the co-founder of, an online financial service for freelancers, independent contractors, and entrepreneurs. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list, Michele brings her youthful energy and incredible entrepreneurial savvy to every stage.


Michele Romanow

Ann Makosinski is a 19-year- old student, serial

inventor and media darling doing numerous global

appearances and keynote talks. Her first toy was a

box of transistors, which launched her journey into

the world of inventing.

Ann is one of the most sought after inventors and global influencers of her generation. She has been featured in numerous media outlets, including two appearances on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, named the global brand ambassador for Uniqlo fleece, and will be appearing in the upcoming documentary produced by Legendary Pictures “The Disruptors”. Ann was named one of TIMES 30 Under 30, just finished her fifth TEDx talk, and was just awarded the 2015 SEA Award (Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award) in Vienna,

which Obama received last year.


Ann Makosinski


Kendal Netmaker

Kendal is one of Canada’s top Indigenous entrepreneurs and motivational speakers who grew up on Sweetgrass First Nation, SK. He was raised single-parented, living on welfare and no opportunity to be involved in after school sports. In grade 5, his best friend from South Africa gave Kendal a helping hand by giving him the opportunity to take part in soccer. He never forgot about what his friend had done for him when he later founded the popular clothing brand, Neechie Gear. A lifestyle apparel brand that empowers youth through sports. A portion of profits help fund underprivileged youth to take part in sports.

Kendal recently launched a new company, Netmaker Enterprises with a focus on helping others turn their passion into a business. His services include: motivational talks, seminars, coaching and a growing online academy. Kendal and his company have won numerous provincial, national and International awards.

Be inspired by prominent, entrepreneurial speakers.

Hear from experienced and inspiring individuals, including 3 highly respected and successful Canadian entrepreneurs and changemakers helping drive innovation, business growth and social enterprises.

Engage in exciting skill-based workshops with regional experts.

The 2-day summit will include several workshops and skill-building sessions helping inspire new ideas and create a plan of action to influence change or start a new business in your community.

Build a network of changemakers, innovators and entrepreneurs in Algoma.

Participants will be given an opportunity meet and interact with nearly 200 youth and business professionals from the Algoma region to help build key connections, professional networks, and lasting friendships.

Location:  Water Tower Inn, Sault Ste. Marie

Distance from Algoma Communities:

Thessalon: 1 hour

Elliot Lake - 1.75 hours

Wawa, Elliot Lake - 2.5 hours

Dubreuilville, White River - 3.5 hours

Hornepayne - 4.5 hours

Limited travel stipends are available to assist with transportation and accommodation costs for youth travelling from within the Algoma district to Sault Ste. Marie, 115km or further. These are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Travelling from out of town?

Deadline for travel stipends is September 4th!


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