For big ideas that haven't met the world... yet!

A "how-to" business initiative for independent teens

YETI is an annual locally-focused, high speed business training initiative for senior high-school teens.

With startup cash, resources and guidance from Community Futures Wild Rose Region staff, we'll help you turn your business idea into a full-time money-maker over the 8 weeks of summer - and well into the future!

Take a look at what we got up to below and what we have planned for 2023! 


What will YETI look like in Wild Rose in 2023?

Young Entrepreneurs Training Initiative

The full YETI program is launching for it's first year in the Community Futures Wild Rose Region. Applications open in May and we kick the program off on July 3rd 2023. Successful applicants will bring their business idea to a full week of training workshops where they'll receive help to shape it into a money maker. Each business will receive $500 for start up costs, set some summer goals, and then run the business over the 8 weeks of summer. All proceeds are theirs to keep AND they have a chance to receive an additional $500 at the end of the summer. There's a High Achiever award up for grabs, too!

YETI is open to all senior high school students in our region: Acme, Carbon, Linden, Beiseker, Irricana, Chestermere, Strathmore, Rockyford, Standard, Hussar, Three Hills, Trochu, Bassano, Wheatland County, Kneehill County and Rocky View County. Participants will receive in-person and virtual training, a comprehensive self-guided Student Workbook and may have the option to earn CTS high school credits in collaboration with their school.  

Step 1: Download and complete the application today.

Step 2: Have your parent/guardian sign the application.

Step 3: Email the application to

Application registration deadline is June 11, 2023 and confirmation of participation by June 13, 2023.

We will be hosting a virtual YETI Information Night on Tuesday, May 30 at 6:30pm. This session is valuable for students, parents, educators and organizations who provide high school aged programs. Register today!

Here's What Past Participants Think About YETI...

The beginning $500 was very generous and more than enough to get us started, the workshops were very informative and helped us learn a lot, and the support was fantastic ; if we emailed someone with a question we would hear back very quickly.

The program has taught each of us, that entrepreneurship could be a potential that we would like to go into after high school. We really enjoyed managing things on our own and learning to be independent as well. Bringing new ideas and products to the community was also something that sparked this decision.

Overall I had an amazing time trying out my business and getting all the input about different aspects of the business, it was a great opportunity and I hope to use the skills I learned in another potential business idea later on down the road!

How do I get involved?

Watch Live Day Videos

We have lots of interesting entrepreneur focused videos on YouTube. Recordings from Live Day in 2022 as well as videos from previous years. Watch previous students talk about their YETI experience and where their businesses are now. Learn about how to run a sustainable business. Get a handle on marketing and branding your business. And lots more. 

Beam Out the Message

By telling your parents, teachers, or youth organizations about YETI, we'll have the chance to visit your classroom over the next few months to explain the program and talk a little about what entrepreneurship is.

Keep in touch with the latest news by following us on Instagram, share on your own socials, or just ask your teachers to check out this webpage! 

Think of an Idea

Maybe you've already got your business idea taking form, maybe you've even started your business already! But, if not, there's time to sift through your ideas and start shaping one ready for the YETI  application period in May 2023. Then get those applications in! 

Here's a Tip Sheet to get the cogs turning and help develop your idea.

School or Youth Organization?

If you are a teacher or administrator for a senior high school  or youth association in our region (see the communities we serve in the footer below) and would like to learn more about YETI, send an email to

We offer year-round FREE entrepreneurial education sessions for your students - so you don't need to wait until YETI applications open.

Contact Us

101 - 331 3rd Avenue
Box 2159
Strathmore, AB  T1P 1K2
P: 403-934-8888


Communities Served

Acme, Ardenode, Bassano, Beiseker, Carbon, Carseland, Chestermere, Cluny, Conrich, Dalemead, Dalum, Delacour, Gem, Gleichen, Hussar, Huxley, Indus, Irricana, Kathryn, Keoma, Kneehill County, Langdon, Linden, Lyalta, Norfolk, Rockyford, Rosebud, Standard, Strathmore, Swalwell, Three Hills, Torrington, Trochu, Wheatland County, Wimborne