Demand for talent in British Columbia’s growing creative and technology sectors has created opportunities for the next generation of Indigenous entrepreneurs and storytellers.

Better than one point 9 million dollars will go to Capilano University’s new Indigenous Accelerator Centre to transform traditional knowledge and history into innovative digital solutions for communities and the marketplace.

The funding will help establish a dedicated space for Indigenous entrepreneurs to start-up or scale-up their own businesses in a culturally supportive environment.

Capilano University has partnered with Indigenext, an Indigenous business accelerator, to provide hands-on mentoring and technical advice to Indigenous entrepreneurs.

Elders will also be available to mentor students and ensure cultural values and community engagement are built into business opportunities.