Springing out of the Entrepreneur program, Nipsis Café ran as a social enterprise that transformed the Samson Cree Nation cafeteria into a full-service restaurant, art gallery and lounge (2015 – 2017). Initial participants gained experience in all aspects of business start‐up, from restaurant design to menu planning. The Café was then transitioned into a hospitality training centre for 2 further sessions.
The ownership of the café has now been successfully transferred to two local entrepreneurs and Change it Up graduates!
Program components included:
- Entrepreneurial skill development (e.g. budgeting, customer service, social media, pitching ideas)
- Concrete assistance in building a business idea, creating a business plan and initiating operations
- Experiential learning in running a business—work experience in Nipsis Café
- Additional personal development and self awareness to ensure readiness for entrepreneurship