Our work to support the LGBT+ business community extends to ensuring its future.
The CGLCC’s OUT for Business Youth Entrepreneur program supports a select group of LGBT+ youth entrepreneurs each year. We aim to connect current business leaders in our community with the next generation of leaders to provide them support and guidance in growing their businesses. One-on-one and team mentoring sessions allows both mentor and mentee to expand their learning and network, and creates a mutually beneficial space for sharing experiences and expertise.
Applications for the 2022 Cohort are closed – please stay tuned to CGLCC’s website and social media channels for highlights of these amazing businesses and mentors!
If you are interested in signing up for future opportunities to be an OUT for Business Mentor or Entrepreneur, you can add your information to the waitlist below. You will be notified via email when applications for the 2023 Cohort are open.
Are you interested in connecting with business leaders in your community?
If you are a young LGBT+ entrepreneur (between the ages of 18-39) with a registered business in Canada, CGLCC’s OUT for Business program can provide you with the space to your business! We pair you with mentors and leaders in the LGBT+ community who can lend their expertise through one-on-one mentoring and navigate the journey of an LGBT+ entrepreneur.
We have also partnered with Sprott School of Business at Carleton University to host workshops that will help you hone your business skills.
Mentors, ready to support our Youth?
Are you an LGBT+ business leader seeking ways to give back to the community, all while expanding your own learning and professional network? This is a unique opportunity to provide experience and knowledge to young LGBT+ entrepreneurs who are starting their business journey. Your insight and support could be invaluable to shaping their future success. This opportunity is available whether or not you’re a member of CGLCC, but a commitment to a 12-month period of mentorship is required.
Being part of the OUT for Business mentorship program helped me big time in addressing (our business’) challenges. We’ve become a lot more focused on our own financial sustainability – an area we were not focused on before. As a result, we started offering a new service that would enable us to become more profitable so we can have the financial sustainability to continue doing the good work that we’re doing.
Since being in the OUT for Business program, our business has been flourishing just through the people that we have met, the opportunities that we have gained, as well as using the resources and the tools and the education that we have gained through the whole one-year program. If you didn’t have the program, we wouldn’t be able to get these opportunities.
The program is important to pass on the experience that you’ve gained as a business owner… because there’s a lot to know. The business side of running a business can sometimes be challenging. There’s so many things to know. I love the idea of helping a young entrepreneur, especially in the LGBT+ community, to help them learn from my mistakes or learn from the things that we learned as we were starting out.