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Young Entrepreneurship and Leadership Launchpad (YELL)

Offered at Sutherland Secondary School and Handsworth Secondary School, for grade 11 and 12 students with an interest in business or who have an entrepreneurial spirit.


The Young Entrepreneurship and Leadership Launchpad (YELL) provides students with a thorough understanding of how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to future studies, launching a business or entering the workforce post-secondary. Students interested in technology, entrepreneurship and innovation and those curious about how to put their ideas into action will benefit from this course which teaches skills for lifelong success.

Students earn course credits toward graduation while working with teachers, business and community leaders and a mentor to design a student-led business concept. The course connects students with some of the top entrepreneurial minds in the Lower Mainland and students will compete in a Venture Challenge to present their ideas to real-world investors and business leaders in the spring.

YELL is currently hosted at Sutherland Secondary School and Handsworth Secondary School. The course is run outside of the regular timetable after school for 2.5 hours and is split into three semesters: Business Accelerator, Idea Incubator and a Venture Challenge. The course runs on Monday at Sutherland and on Tuesday at Handsworth.


In January, students break into mentorship groups, working towards the “Venture Challenge” where they will share their business ideas with real-world investors and business leaders.

How to apply

Please complete the attached registration form and supporting documents as outlined in the registration form.

Applications will be accepted beginning February 1, 2020 and close March 9, 2020.

Please email any further questions to Ms. Johnson or Mr. Nevison (contact details below).




James Nevison
Sutherland Secondary School

Sheri Johnson
Handsworth Secondary School