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Tech Spark Canada Collaborates with IBM Canada, Shopify, TikTok Canada to Empower 70,000 Future Tech Entrepreneurs


Thursday, February 18, 2021 4:34:00 PM

-Tech Spark Canada Collaborates with IBM Canada, Interac, Pixel Dreams, RBC, Shopify, and TikTok Canada to Empower 70,000 Future Tech Entrepreneurs. -

To adapt, adjust and thrive in today's digital world requires continuous innovation, and that's precisely what Tech Spark's new Tech Entrepreneurship Course will teach grade 11 students across Canada.

With support from a few notable tech giants, students will develop future revenue-generating ideas that utilize digital mediums such as websites and mobile apps to solve real consumer problems. Students will develop skills to launch real businesses and learn how to test their ideas.

The credited course, which is the first credited tech entrepreneurship course of its kind, is divided into six modules and aims to help design an entrepreneurial experience that exposes students to the lean startup methodology, the mindset of a successful entrepreneur, product development, revenue generation, and pitching to investors.

Students are provided with an experience that utilizes the platforms of each partner. The course curriculum was built in close collaboration with Pixel Dreams and its in-house team of educators. TikTok Canada will support business advertising, RBC will support financial literacy for small businesses and entrepreneurs, Shopify will support through free access to its commerce platform and online learning resources; IBM will support students with technical training material.

The national course was born out of a time of crisis when the need for solidarity and resources to the BIPOC community was more pressing than ever. The course will break some of the barriers that exist for BIPOC students, empower and support students while adding diversity to the technology pipeline.

The Tech Entrepreneurship Course rolls out February 2021 in the Durham region, beginning in Ajax High School then J. Clarke Richardson in April 2021. "Our goal as an organization is to provide all students with access to culturally relevant and sustaining learning experiences that enhance their rigor, retention and engagement." -Tamar Huggins Grant, Founder, Tech Spark Canada. The course will be made available virtually through www.techspark.ca and to teachers in Alberta, Ontario, and Nova Scotia with aims to reach 70,000 students and 2000 teachers by 2023.

The course is intended to provide students with the important skills needed to become the innovators and creators of the future and fix the leaky pipeline for underrepresented Canadians in the tech ecosystem.

SOURCE: Tech Spark Canada