Indigenous Advancement of Cultural Entrepreneurship

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About I-ACE






Indigenous communities served


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What is the I-ACE Program?

The I-ACE program is Canada's only Indigenous co-designed and community delivered entrepreneurship program. 

The Indigenous Advancement of Cultural Entrepreneurship 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 without foregoing traditional Indigenous values. TRICORP has partnered with the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria to create and deliver I-ACE, providing top entrepreneurial education and mentorship to students directly in their community.


What our students are saying

Taking the I-ACE program was the best thing I could have done for myself in my return to the life of an Artist. The skills I picked up I still apply daily. I'm now a professional artist working on a level I only dreamt about before.
Lyle R. Campbell
NW-ACE Graduate
I've had the dream of starting a bakery for 20+ years and I am finally taking the next big steps to work for myself and for my family. The NW-ACE program helped me tremendously in giving the push I needed to make my dream a reality. The faculty is just astronomical in everything they have brought to us and me.
Leona Ridley
NW-ACE Graduate


The Indigenous Advancement of Cultural Entrepreneurship Program would not be possible without our partnerships with Tribal Resources Investment Corporation (TRICORP) and the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. These key partners provide an innovative and personalized curriculum and mentorship program to Indigenous entrepreneurs across British Columbia and Western Canada. 

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