Vancouver’s League of Innovators (LOI) has launched a free learning and resource platform for youth and educators called Innovators Academy.

The Innovators Academy is an online platform with free content on topics related to entrepreneurship and innovation organized into 12 modules filled with content, videos, and workbooks, and tackles topics such as social entrepreneurship, resilience, and building your own startup.

The platform is designed for curious youth for self-directed learning and for educators to use in their classrooms. All content is free to use and suitable for anyone at any stage of their entrepreneurial journey.

From the educators perspective, the platform includes everything from lesson plans to presentation decks to video examples, to help bring these game-changing topics into their classrooms digitally or otherwise.

Launched by Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes in 2017, LOI is a national Canadian charity with a goal of building entrepreneurial acumen for youth, from discovery to acceleration.

League of Innovators believes that there is no other way to prepare for the future of work than to adopt an entrepreneurial mindset. Every skill or quality that an entrepreneur adopts to build their startup can and should be transferred to any career, industry, or organization.

The need for adopting new ways of thinking, doing, learning has become even more amplified during this time in our world as the global pandemic has turned our learning environments and work upside down.

“We know young people are more than capable of developing new ideas, tangible solutions to personal, economic, and social issues — if given the agency and support to do so. The Innovators Academy is a tool to try to democratize access to this how-to knowledge,” says Executive Director Joanna Buczkwoska-McCumber.