Indigenous Entrepreneurship Community Sponsorships and Initiatives

At Shopify Indigenous, we believe that it takes a whole community to shape economies of scale. We are proud to partner and invest in initiatives that are fostering strong, healthy, culturally inclusive and revitalizing Indigenous Entrepreneurship.

What We’ve Sponsored

(Aotearoa/ New Zealand)

A group of Māori social entrepreneurs created Te Whare Hukahuka to train the next generation of great Maori leaders. ... Their vision is to “empower indigenous leaders to grow world-class social enterprises focused on creating thriving communities”.

(Aotearoa/ New Zealand)

Transforming the lives of Indigenous women and their families with a mission to grow a tribe of 100,000 Indigenous women and their families to RISE and THRIVE through our empowerment, ecommerce and entrepreneurship programmes by 2025.

(Turtle Island/ Canada)

Animikii is a remote-friendly company committed to supporting Indigenous technologists who work on meaningful projects in ways that fit their lives and support their personal and professional goals.

(Turtle Island/ Canada)

The Fireweed Fellowship is the first national accelerator program for Indigenous entrepreneurship in Canada. The program explores the individual and cultural value of entrepreneurship with a decolonial lens, and celebrates the strength of Indigenous world-views.

(Turtle Island/ Canada)

EntrepreNorth is a project initiative that offers programming to empower Indigenous and community-based entrepreneurs to build sustainable businesses and livelihoods across Northern Canada.

(Turtle Island/ Canada)

Pow Wow Pitch is about supporting Indigenous Entrepreneurship to provide a safe, supportive, collaborative, empowering and culturally supportive environment that addresses the unique challenges of Indigenous entrepreneurs and aspiring Indigenous entrepreneurs.

What We’ve Supported

We're fortunate to support community builders and are always looking for new opportunities. Here are a few sample partnerships and sponsorships:

Animikii | Indigenous Innovators Virtual Gathering

Animikii presents the first annual Virtual Indigenous Innovators Gathering with a focus on social entrepreneurship, learning about how one stays true to their values and incorporate those lessons into their business.

Adàwàning | Indigenous Women’s Virtual Art Market

Indigenous Theatre at the National Arts Centre run The Indigenous Women’s Art Market, which features the diverse and amazing work of Métis, Inuit and First Nations makers.

BC 3C Challenge | Indigenous Entrepreneurial Training

The 3C Challenge is an opportunity for Indigenous people, ages 18 to 35, to develop their business skills and explore their entrepreneurial spirit. Each participant will gain a deeper understanding of how they can connect culture, community, and commerce to support their success. The program launched summer 2018 with funding from Service Canada and is co-developed by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres and the University of Victoria, Gustavson School of Business.

Indigenous Advancement of Cultural Entrepreneurship (I-ACE)

The I-ACE Program provides prospective entrepreneurs with the skills, knowledge, and mentorship needed to successfully start and manage a business, serve the community with confidence, and foster economic development, by enhancing and leveraging Indigenous values.

INDIGENOMICS Institute Design Conference 2020

The Indigenomics Institute invites Indigenous leaders, businesses and organizations, government, policy makers, educational institutions, private industry and corporations to collaborate at Indigenomics by Design Virtual Forum. This forum focuses on the path towards Indigenous economic freedom, advancing the vision of an annual national $100 Billion Dollar Indigenous economy.

The Indigenous Fashion Support (IFS) Program @ Ryerson University Fashion Zone

The Indigenous Fashion Support (IFS) Program is a virtual incubation program that supports Indigenous entrepreneurs to experience the journey of building or scaling a business in the fashion industry. With a focus on fashion, product and technology, the program enables participants to sharpen their entrepreneurial skills while developing real-life solutions.


Indigenous Community Contact Request

We’re always excited to strengthen our relationships with Nations, communities and organizations that are particularly focused on Indigenous Empowerment through Entrepreneurship. If you are any of the following:

  1. 1. Supporting the development of Indigenous entrepreneurship through e-commerce. Either through educational programming or resources.
    2. Are changing and creating pathways for Indigenous cultural perpetuity and making it more inclusive and accessible for all to get products to markets.
    3. If your initiative is supporting craft, influencing technology, or building a more equitable and accessible business landscape for Indigenous Peoples.

    Let us know how we can help and please fill out this FORM to get in touch.

We’d love 6‑8 weeks advance notice for sponsorship requests and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can if we’re able to support your initiative. We review all requests and will reach out if we're able to support the opportunity.

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