July 21, 2021 – In the spirit of collaboration, OneFeather and Empowered Nations will together deepen both reach and support for ambitious Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators by connecting seed funding to educational training opportunities. In this pilot project, participants of Empowered Nations’ Entrepreneurship and Innovation journey will have access to limited seed funding through the OneFeather APP and OneFeather PAY card.
“OneFeather’s commitment to redefining the Indigenous experience through innovation and tradition is an inspiration to what we do at Empowered Nations. It is an honour to be partnering to together empower Indigenous peoples and Nations through educational technology that supports the growth of Indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship.”
— Naheed Henderson, Empowered Nations
Empowered Nations’ training is designed by and for Indigenous peoples and guides aspiring founders on a ‘learning and doing’ journey starting with just an idea, leading to first sale. With a robust ed-tech platform at the center of the offering and a strong mentorship community as wrap-around, it means no matter location or schedule, Indigenous entrepreneurs can participate in a safe and meaningful journey and be supported throughout.
Access to entrepreneurship and innovation training, mentorship, and networking through Empowered Nations’ robust and accessible EdTech platform coupled with OneFeather’s pre-loaded OneFeather PAY cards and 1FTs (OneFeather Token Rewards) seed funding is intended to support recent alumni and summer cohort members.
“Providing a little seed funding in both cash and 1FTs (OneFeather Tokens) is full circle for OneFeather. The 1FTs are designed to give back wealth to Indigenous communities – a program funded and made possible through the OneFeather Box of Treasures Foundation. This partnership allows the Foundation to give back in a meaningful way – by fostering individual and economic prosperity of Indigenous businesses.”
— Chelsea Josue, OneFeather
Empowered Nations offers training to Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators so they may prosper and RiseUp to their fullest potential. Our 100% virtual, welcoming, and accessible startup journey is focused on both ‘learning’ and ‘doing,’ with wrap-around support from facilitators and experienced Indigenous mentors. EN uses an award-winning educational technology platform designed by and for Indigenous peoples allowing aspiring entrepreneurs to build their new business from home, in community while becoming part of our growing community of Indigenous entrepreneurs and innovators.
OneFeather is an Indigenous technology company redefining the Indigenous experience through tradition and innovation. Founded by Lawrence Lewis of We Wai Kai Nation, OneFeather is grounded in First Nations values and principles. OneFeather offers digital services for resilient Nation-building including election and voting services, data sovereignty, community engagement, and soon a full suite of banking solutions for the individual and Nations. OneFeather has served over 195 First Nations and Métis across Canada and their 237,000+ members. With the launch of dedicated Indigenous banking solutions – OneFeather APP and OneFeather PAY- online status card renewal and application services, and as a leading trust center for sovereign digital Indigenous identity and data, OneFeather continues to serve Indigenous communities across Canada.
Media contact: Chelsea Josue, Manager of Marketing and Business Development | [email protected]