EntreLaunch is on a mission to change the world by empowering youth to
think creatively, create social impact and think outside the box. In the next
5 years, our goal is to help over 150,000 youth build a brighter future
through informal learning programs, workshops and entrepreneurial
For all youth to feel empowered to create their own future and positively
impact the global community.
Youth unemployment is a huge issue with 73 million youth unemployed globally. Many new graduates are unable to find satisfactory full-time positions when leaving school and thus become unemployed or work several part-time unskilled jobs just to make ends meet. Our programs provide youth with an opportunity to experience entrepreneurial learning and encourages entrepreneurship as a viable career option thus reducing youth unemployment levels and contributing to a stable economy.
EntreLaunch provides training, youth funding and instills a sense of confidence in youth that allows for innovation and exploration into new fields. Some members will lead the way to innovation as intrapreneurs.
In late 2018, we will launch a catalyst program providing community bonds, grants and microloans to youth to start their own entrepreneurial ventures.
Chief Facilitator and Founder
Rebecca is a serial entrepreneur and community builder with a mission to inspire innovation, transform lives and connect communities.
A lifelong learner, she stays up to date on new trends, needs and strategies with a focus on global entrepreneurship, strategic shifts and social good. In 2014 she recruited 52 entrepreneurs from around the globe to help form the groundwork for EntreLaunch Foundation resulting in a second place finish in a global business plan pitch. In 2012, Rebecca’s StartUp Weekend team placed second for their FreshCube pitch on vertical hydroponic farming inside repurposed cargo containers.
Rebecca was recently selected as a finalist for the Startup Nations Award for Local Policy Leadership. In addition, she was a founding member of StartUp Canada Barrie community, a delegate to the G20 Young Entrepreneurs Alliance (YEA) in 2014 and a delegate at the Global Entrepreneurial Congress (GEC) in 2016 and 2017. Rebecca also sits on the Georgian College BENT (Entrepreneurship) Advisory board, The Simcoe Entrepreneurship Ecosystem (SEE) committee and was previously vice-chair of the Barrie Public Library Board.
Director Local Programming
Christine Whone is Owner and Communication Designer of Actually Barrie Chapter Lead of Ladies Learning Code, Community Builder of Startup Barrie, Instructor and mentor, and Advisory Committee Member for Graphic Design at Georgian College.
Christine has held various responsibilities in her 11 years of experience and expertise in design, communications, and entrepreneurship while working with clients in a diverse range of sectors. Her experience as a designer and business owner, can leverage participant knowledge around a unique experience for them to suit their needs. She works with each participant to build an outcome that will serve them beyond the learning exchange to further their education, career, or business.
Director Social Digital Media
Former Senior Global Social Media Marketing Manager at one of Canada’s largest Tech firms, Christine is a creative professional with over 10 years’ experience who comes fully equipped with an innovative spirit and a proven track record of successful integration and synergy of social media marketing and overall business strategy. Recognized for developing social media strategies & tactics using social media marketing to increase brand focus, brand identity and brand leverage. Proven success for developing, implementing and managing social media campaigns, resulting in increased customer engagement and acquisition. Vested abilities of providing creative, innovative, and enthusiastic forward-thinking leadership in team environments. Genuinely focused on achieving continuous improved business performance and increasing any organization’s bottom lines.