EY Canada is pleased to announce 13 company founders selected for the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network Class of 2023. Launched in Canada in 2022, the program helps Black and Indigenous leaders learn, network and transcend barriers in their businesses.
The Class of 2023 comprises fast-growing companies that are diversified in their missions and industries. However, they all share the common thread of focusing on social good and sustainability issues — all while driving innovation and creating a positive economic impact for all Canadians.
The Canadian entrepreneurs are:
- Jefferson Darrell, Founder and CEO, Breakfast Culture Inc.
- Farnel Fleurant, CEO, Workind
- Thierry Lindor, Co-Founder and CEO, Happly.ai
- Alison and Sean Evans, Co-Founders, Gulf Island Seaplanes
- Anthony and Nancy Wingham, Co-Founders, Nuez Acres
- Muriel Koucoï, CEO, SIMKHA Biocosmétiques™ Inc.
- Stan Higgins, Owner, Versapile, Inc.
- Clara D. Lewis, President, Brown Diva Dolls Inc.
- Evelyne Nyairo, Founder, EllieBianca
- Akeem Gardner, CEO, Canurta Inc.
- Nicole Antoine, Founder, CEO and Marketing Strategist, N/A & Company Inc.
- Mallory Yawnghwe, Founder and CEO, Indigenous Box Inc.
- Randy Osei, CEO, Athlete Technology Group
About the Class of 2023
“From health and wellness to AI-enabled technology, transportation to DE&I marketing, each business is unique in their approach to addressing our most pressing issues by delivering new solutions to market,” shares Daniel Baer, EY Entrepreneurs Access Network Program Co-Director. “The remarkable diversity found in both the industries and entrepreneurs that make up this this year’s cohort is a genuine testament to Canada’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem and to the inclusivity and excellence it embodies.”
“Companies owned and operated by underrepresented groups traditionally face funding, capital and connection challenges,” says Christopher Gordon, EY Entrepreneurs Access Network Program Co-Director. “Through the Network, we empower entrepreneurs to overcome barriers and soar to new heights by bringing to bear the benefits of EY knowledge, network, tools and professionals. And we couldn’t be prouder to join them in their entrepreneurial growth journey.”
“The Entrepreneurs Access Network is one tangible way that EY can live its purpose of Building a Better Working World – everyday,” says Myriam Gafarou, EY Entrepreneurs Access Network Program Co-Director. “Together, we can build a stronger economy by building an inclusive economy.”
About the Entrepreneurs Access Network
First launched in the US, the Entrepreneurs Access Network aims to address the disparity gap by working with underrepresented CEOs of private, for-profit organizations. They deliver a one-year educational curriculum with coaching and networking opportunities. In addition, they also work with regulatory and industry partners to help participants overcome traditional funding barriers. Entrepreneurs Access Network participants also gain access to EY tools and services, benefit from a curated executive curriculum and are paired with an EY Relationship Ambassador for 1:1 coaching to help guide them through their growth journey.
The Entrepreneurs Access Network works in tandem with EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ and EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®. Accordingly, these programs work together to help businesses grow, scale and overcome ever-evolving challenges. The goal of the program is ultimately building an equitable and inclusive entrepreneurial ecosystem for all.
Learn more about the EY Entrepreneurs Access Network.
The EY Entrepreneurs Access Network is a program designed to support Black and Indigenous entrepreneurs. It aims to address the disparity gap by combining a curated, one-year educational curriculum for business owners of private, for-profit organizations, with coaching and networking opportunities. Participants are paired with an EY Relationship Ambassador for dedicated coaching to help guide them through their growth journey.
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