The Black Entrepreneur Program Announces November Award Show to Celebrate Canadian Entrepreneurs and Launches Accessible "Learning Pathways" Program

Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - August 19, 2021) - The Black Entrepreneur Program (BEP) is set to host an upcoming Awards Show this November to celebrate inspirational Black leaders, entrepreneurs and business owners from across Canada. Nomination info can be found below, with more details to be released in the coming weeks, all Black Canadian entrepreneurs are encouraged to nominate themselves and/or other business owners that deserve recognition for their entrepreneurial prowess through these challenging times.

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"The black entrepreneurship program fills a big need in the community. On a national scale, black businesses and entrepreneurs can be enhanced through the program that provides the community with actionable attention that it has not had in years through the 'Learning Pathways' program." - Jonathan Femi-Cole, Executive Director of the Black Entrepreneur Program.

If you would like to nominate a local black-owned business or inspirational Black entrepreneur that has positively impacted your community, please submit a BEP Award nomination by emailing a brief description and background of the nominee, along with contact information. We will be announcing further information on the judges, award categories, and judging criteria in the coming weeks.

The November BEP Award Show is hosted by MienTzu, the official virtual event platform sponsor, and currently being integrated into the Fanshawe College and BEP "Learning Pathways" programs. The BEP Learning Pathways program aims to make Fanshawe College-level business courses available and accessible to Black entrepreneurs, and recent immigrants to Canada alike. Remote virtual event/learning platforms are now more essential than ever, for "hybrid" distance learning to adapt to the new reality of social distancing requirements and remote learning/networking. The first iteration of the BEP hosted over one-thousand virtual registrants, with nearly 700 attendees at the peak of the session. Throughout the pandemic MienTzu has virtually facilitated entrepreneur education and group learning, virtual conferences, holiday fundraisers and most importantly network and community building events like the BEP.

At the first iteration of the BEP event, participants from Federal and Provincial Government agencies helped explain the Federal BEP program, with specific focus on what it means for Black Canadian entrepreneurs. The event featured real-time question and answer sessions with audience members providing a meaningful two-way dialogue between speakers and attendees. The BEP and MienTzu are proud to partner with Fanshawe South London college where the app is currently providing virtual learning for 10 college-level courses. Fanshawe College Associate Dean - Nord Mensah has helped beta test and improve the platform. Mr Mensah notes that "...unlike Zoom, where conferences/webinars happen sequentially, MienTzu provides its audience and attendees with the ability to go beyond just updating attendees/audience in a one-way channel, but also the ability for group learning. This provides students with networking opportunities for entrepreneurs that enhance financial accessibility within Canada's multicultural BIPOC entrepreneur community." MienTzu provides the ideal solution to synchronously show content on the main screen, while small working groups can process that main content collaboratively (between audience members and also to interact with speakers and panelists).

Fanshawe College is a proud partner in supporting the BEP and demonstrating the educational use-cases of the MienTzu learning platform. The improvements that students have noted, with respect to off-site learning, is paying huge dividends for both faculty and students. Through the strategic partnership with the BEP, Nord, Jonathan Femi-Cole and Derrick Berney founder of the London Ontario based MienTzu app, hope to provide free and accessible online events that mirror the successes seen on campus in democratizing access to financial literacy and social media presence for all Canadians, on any mobile device.

The BEP is proud to work with Fanshawe College Dean of Admissions to help develop, enhance, and measure learning metrics for its digital/virtual online learning platform. The Black Entrepreneur Program is a national program that connects BIPOC business across Canada to assist with potential grants and access to finance/education that may otherwise be inaccessible to Black Canadian entrepreneurs.

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