The Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE) Program focuses on providing you with the tools you need to turn your interests, skills and passion into a viable business to benefit you, your family and your community. The ACE Program includes experiential learning… [Continue Reading]
During the ACE Program, students engage in 5 interactive courses tailored to their individual needs and interests in preparation of owning and operating a business.
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Meet the entrepreneurs of the ACE Program.
Aboriginal Canadian Entrepreneurs (ACE)
The design of the ACE Program is founded on Indigenous culture to convey and anchor business concepts in an appropriate way. Learn about the 7S's of the ACE Program Curriculum.
Delivered in Your Community
Upon invitation, the ACE Program brings world-class business and entrepreneurial education to your community. There is no need to travel and attend universities in urban centres. View ACE Program locations.
Applied and Interactive
The ACE Program is delivered with an effective balance of cutting-edge concepts and fun, exciting and relevant activities and exercises to advance your business. Learn about ACE Program courses.
Tailored Mentorship and Coaching
Our university faculty and mentors provide focused guidance specific to the challenges and needs of your personal, professional and business development. Learn about ACE Program faculty.
Many people wonder whether they have the knowledge it takes to start and run their own business, and if it might be the right move for them. Other people are looking for resources to make the transition from business idea into business ownership, or to improve the enterprise they own or manage already in operation. At ACE, we work with entrepreneurs to prepare them to take the next step in their professional journey. More About the ACE Program
REAL WORLD LEARNING
Aboriginal Graduating Entrepreneurs
New Businesses Started
Hours of Teaching Delivery and One on One Mentorship to Date
Completing Business Plans and Seeking Funding
What do the alumni say?
I’ve had the dream of starting a bakery for 20+ years and I am finally taking that next big step to work for myself and for my family. The NW-ACE program helped me tremendously in giving me the push I needed to make my dream a reality…the faculty is just astronomical in everything they have brought to us and to me.
-Leona Ridley, NW-ACE Graduate
-Dana Foster, NW-ACE Graduate
Listen to more of what our alumni have to say
- Use Lean Startup methodology to understand your target customer.
- Gain experience using market research tools and techniques to build and validate a sustainable business model.
- Create a marketing plan that reaches target customers.
- Gain experience working and managing projects in a team through interactive, real-world activities.
- Use financial statements and tools as you build your experience managing finances.
- Solve real world case studies regarding core business issues.
Students accelerate their entrepreneurial skills as they work together to develop high performance teams.
The ACE Program focuses on working with students as they develop their leadership skills and strategic thinking to impact their community and culture.
The ACE Program educates, engages, and empowers new entrepreneurs to accelerate their success.
New entrepreneurs are using the latest entrepreneurial development tools compiled with Indigenous culture and ways of knowing and doing.
Meet the Faculty
World Class Expertise and Experience Available to You
Whether you need help identifying opportunities to fund a new idea, protecting your intellectual property or creating a business plan, let us help you. Obtain the guidance of seasoned professionals and faculty who have successfully started companies based on their university research. Identify opportunities across disciplines to leverage the value of research and intellectual property. Join the ACE Program’s unique culture of impact, in which faculty act as mentors to help you along your journey of entrepreneurship.
ACE Program Director
It is a tremendous honour to be invited into an Aboriginal Community to deliver education. By going into communities, the NW-ACE Program has taken a new approach to ensuring success. We are customizing the courses and building what the communities want, an approach that is unique among Canadian business schools, offering Aboriginal education programs on their terms in their territory.
There is personal transformation that goes on during the program, and it makes me proud to see the progress that each participant makes during the program…the guest speakers, panelists, local business owners who are part of the students’ research all build a supportive network for entrepreneurship in the community.