The Indigenous Youth Idea Challenge (IYIC) provides Saskatchewan Indigenous Youth ages 14-30 the tools necessary to make their entrepreneurial interests a reality. The participants engage in workshops starting in November to develop a self-sustaining business plan. Topics covered at the workshops include business planning, accounting, finances, marketing, and more. The top five participants then present their business plan at the annual Final Gala to judges to compete for start-up capital.
For the 2020-2021 year, IYIC has gone virtual. Both the workshops and the Final Gala will have an adapted format, but will still be informative.
IYIC 2021 FINAL GALA
The 2021 Indigenous Youth Idea Challenge Gala presented by Affinity Credit Union is a celebration of Indigenous entrepreneurship; it brings together Challenge participants, workshop presenters, and sponsors in a night of business pitches on Indigenous entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan.
The awards for Final Gala finalists are as follows:
First place - $6,000
Second place - $3,000
Third place - $1,000
Under 18 category - $1,000
This year, we are proud to announce the top 5 finalists of IYIC. These individuals have worked hard over the last few months to create their business plan, and will be pitching their idea on the night of the Final Gala.
Brittani Gamble - Britt’s Beauty Lounge
Kayla Littlepoplar - Kiskinwahamātowin : Learning Cree
Talaya Shideh Moosomin - Internet Café
Heather O’Watch - Leading Sage Marketing
Thomas Winrow - Embark
The IYIC Final Gala 2021 will be held on the online platform Hopin on February 25th, at 6pm. For the first time, the event will be online and tickets free of charge! Anyone from across the province can join us for the event using the online platform, Hopin. While the event is still free and online, we still require anyone who is interested in attending to sign up for tickets. The link to get the ticket is: https://hopin.com/events/iyic-final-gala
We would also like to thank the Edwards Student Business Society, EBSS, for letting us host the event using their Hopin platform.
For any questions, please email Leon at