We are actively searching for, and developing, research, curriculum, and policies that help more college, university and polytechnic students to become first-time entrepreneurs shortly after graduation.

Below is a research poster being presented at the 2019 Enactus World Championships in San Jose and the recording of a presentation, given at the 2019 Enaction Canadian Nationals, that shares details on the research that went into “The Economic Impact of Youth Entrepreneurship” and the economic potential of postponing interest and payments on student loans for those who become entrepreneurs shortly after graduating from a college or university.

At the bottom of this page is a form to request the slides from the presentation, slides on additional insights that came from the research, and links to the research that shaped it.


Below is the recording from a 15 minute presenation on the potential impact of youth entreprenuership by postponing interest and payment on student loans of those who become entreprenuers shortly after graduating.

Complete the form below to receive, via email, links to:

  • The research that shows how an increase of one standard deviation in student debt reduced small business formation by 14%
  • The 25-year research, involving over 140 colleges and universities, that demonstrates how removing student debt increased the number of startups by 367%, increases the number of startups receiving VC funding by 400% and increases the amount of VC funding received by 190%
  • The slides from our Research Presentation on the economic impact of youth entrepreneurship on jobs, taxes, and GDP, along with the calculations on the outcome of becoming an entrepreneur at 23 vs. 44 (the national average of first-time entrepreneurs in North America) delivered at the Enactus Nationals in Vancouver.

You can contact the organizer of 150 Startups, Craig Elias, by mobile (+1.403.874.2998) email ([email protected]) or completing this contact form.

NOTE: Your answers to the questions in the form below may shape future initiatives and research.

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Which TWO OR THREE of the following are the MOST VALUABLE resources needed on campus to help more post-secondary school students become first-time Entrepreneurs?

Which two or three of the following resources do you think would have the biggest impact on helping those on campus who aspire to be an entrepreneur take the first steps to making that a reality?

Please describe what else you think could be on campus to help more students become first-time entreprenuers.

Research Collaboration?*

Are you interested in collaborating on future research on this topic?


Which TWO OR THREE of the following are preventing the most secondary school students from becoming first-time Entrepreneurs?

Which two or three of the following do you think are the biggest reasons why college and university students, with a viable business idea, don’t pursue entrepreneurship upon, or shortly after, graduation?

HiddenPlease describe what else you believe prevents college and university students from becoming first-time entrepreneurs shortly after graduating from a college or a university.This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.