Our Community

When we row together, the ship really moves.

Your backing has helped us grow the roots we need to continue to grow and scale our impact. Resourceful Canadians will overcome our country's most significant challenges through entrepreneurial skillsets and mindsets.

2023 Supporters

University Canada WestGovernment of CanadaRBC
McCall MacBain FoundationThe Donald R. Sobey FoundationTD
Hunter Family FoundationMobSquadGeoff SmithQueen’s University Smith School of BusinessRiipenPeple.ioPropel Campus
City of KingstonFresh RoutesCGLCCMav Synergetic

As we commemorate a decade of VFC, we are grateful for your support, which has brought us closer to fulfilling our mission of fostering entrepreneurship and innovation across Canada. With your continued partnership, we are eager to set sail on the next chapter of our journey; building a brighter, more inclusive Canada for all.

“To be an impactful leader, you need entrepreneurial skills. We believe in the VFC Fellowship Program scholarships because they remove financial barriers that can limit young Canadians from realizing their fullest entrepreneurial potential.”
Rob G. Sobey
VFC Supporter and Donor

2023 Annual Giving Campaign

Funds raised through the Annual Giving Campaign directly support efforts to break down barriers to entrepreneurship by funding Scholarships for Fellows who are financially eligible due to high-debt or systemic barriers, including low-income backgrounds.

total scholarships distributed to Fellows
awarded for Financial-need scholarships

“The scholarship enabled me to accept the fellowship offer, facilitating my participation in the transformative VFC 1-year experience. As an international student then, I needed a financial means to contribute to the program. I am profoundly grateful for the scholarship, without which I wouldn't have been able to engage and learn from this invaluable opportunity fully.”

Akanksha Yeola
Akanksha Yeola
Scholarship recipient
2023 Fellow


Alexander Haque Alexandra Erb Andrew Graham Anna Smith Azhar Dewji Brittany Danishevsky Brose Hagerman Bruce Sellery Christopher Grouchy Cormac McGee Craig Fernandez Daniel Debow David Alexander Erin O'Hanley Gina Patterson Irfhan Rawji Jasmeet Singh Joshua MacIntyre Juanita Lee Julia Grandfield Karan Jhajj Kelly Bennett Kelsey Grieve Kris Grigoryan Manav Kainth Manuela Barcenas Mark Dhillon Mark Slaunwhite Maxfield Materne Michael Warshafsky Narinder Dhami Nivit Kochhar Parm Gill Preston Aitken Ryan Threndyle Samuel Daviau Sarah Mariani Scott Stirrett Shannon Chen See Thomas Park Valentina Primossi Vanessa Paesani Zameer Masjedee

“It’s fascinating how simple exposure to ambition can begin normalizing otherwise intimidating endeavours. VFCs community is rich with individuals who materialize their vision and creativity through hard work. In the process, they leave a meaningful impact on the world through either the creation of their own ventures or their involvement in existing ones. It was the ability to have more individuals experience the magic of this exposure and community that inspired me to donate to the Fellowship scholarship program, and I can’t wait to see how the next generation of Fellows foster what they learn here.”

Zameer Masjedee
Zameer Masjedee
2022 AGC Donor
2018 Fellowship Alumni
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