YETI 2022 – special edition!

Our YETI special edition went so well in 2021, we’re doing it again this year!

Check out all the details below and follow on our social to hear about news at it happens!



We’re kicking off our YETI progam with Live Camp Day and this year, we’re looking at entrepreneurship specifically from the perspective of our YETI generation. 

From 9.30 am on the 3rd June, Live Camp Day will broadcast live and simultaneously on YouTube and Facebook, with behind-the-scenes footage on Instagram. Please join us on the 20th as we create the Gen Z Business Survival Guide! Here’s our 2022 line-up:

Sam McColman, Real Estate Agent

Sam McColman, Real Estate Agent

Royal LePage: The Realty Group


Sam will be talking about his “New and Improved” approach to business. He’ll be addressing how to combine generational strengths to thrive in the business world.

Nifemi Ashani

Nifemi Ashani

Owner of Styled by Nif


5 Practical and Effective Habits to Thrive in the Marketplace as a GenZ. Learn to pursue a business as a creative professional which is also beneficial across all industries.  

Taunya Woods Richardson

Taunya Woods Richardson

Founder and CEO, Nail the Numbers

Turn your numbers into a work of art with the Cashflow Survival Guide. Taunya will teach us how to be confident with our personal finances, as well as how to create a profitable business.

Dez Melenka

Dez Melenka

Co-Founder at The Creative Hive, Hive Media, & Wear The Care Project


Regardless of your generation, businesses need community support. Dez will be helping us each find a community that feels like home.

Ben Loates

Ben Loates

The Good Real Estate Company


And a special shout out to Ben, who will be popping in to give us his special Gen Z business survival rules throughout the day!

our Host…

Amanda Durand from Community Futures Capital Region!

And our friends

at Strong Coffee Marketing!

And introducing the yeti 500 club contest for 2022!

Applications now open!

Latest news: Join us on Tuesday, May 31st at the Light House Cowork in Leduc for a YETI Open House Info night from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. We will be able to answer all of your YETI related questions in person!

This year we’re asking young people in our regions, in Grades 10, 11, and 12, to compete for a prize of up to $500 to help start or grow a business this summer.

Prizes can be used to pay for business equipment or contribute towards operating costs. All you need is a great idea, and the time this summer to put it into practice.

To enter, fill in the application form below and email it to us by noon on June 6th when appliations close.

PS Check the FAQs below to find out more about the 500 Club Contest but first, here are last year’s winners.

PPS Can’t think of a great idea or not sure if the one you have is good enough? Try our tip sheet to see if your idea adds up!

our 2021 YETI 500 club winners

500 Club was offered for the first time in 2021. Winners were chosen for clarity of vision and potential profitability over the summer period, and received $500 prize for their start up costs. Will you win this year?

Hellsauce by Rayne

Hot sauce with heat and flavour.

Parkland Plant Palooza by Naomi

House plants, kits, and more.

Shoplux by Madison

Customized drinkware with vinyl.

Mad Rags by Maddison

Custom clothing designs.

Neala Rose Rings and Things by Kendyl

Jewelry made from vintage silverware.

Smitty’s Lawn Care by Jenna

Yard maintenance in the Brazeau region.

Wags Cookies Ltd by Emily

Handmade puppy cookies.

Tamarack Clothing Co by Ian

Brand your own clothing or pick premade designs.

Tie Dye Ice Cream Guy by Harding

Dickie Dee’s ice cream bicycle.

YETI 500 Club FAQs

Your burning questions answered!

Q: How do I apply for the YETI 500 Club? A: Applications open on 16th May 2022, but you can download the application and start working on it now. Once you are done, send it to us by 6th June 2022. You can email it to or print it out and mail it in (address on the application form). 

Q: Who can apply for the program? A: Senior High students who live in Leduc County, Parkland County or Brazeau County in Alberta, Canada. You can be resident in one of these counties or live in a community within them like a town, city, village or reserve. You can be part of a traditional or non-traditional education program – just need to be within you usual Senior High age bracket, usually 15 – 18 years old. 

Q: If I have a job, can I still participate in the program? A: Absolutely! We recommend you have 20 hours per week to spend on your business over the summer, but the time commitment for YETI 500 Contest Club participants is up to you and able to be worked around your schedule.

Q: Will I receive support other than the funding during the program? A: Certainly! Although we don’t have a full week of workshops this year, our YETI Team Leads will be available throughout the summer to provide support as needed and we’ll send you a handy guidebook to help you get started. We have our Live Day on 20th May and we’re also hoping to set up 1 or 2 in class workshops and market or networking opportunities now that COVID restrictions are lifted.

Q: How much money will I win? A: You can apply for up to $500 in this program to fund your business, we ask you to specify how much you need on the application form.

Q: Do I need a business plan? A: No, the application form includes elements of a business plan so just fill that in completely and you’ll be good.

Q: Can I earn High School credits by participating in YETI 500 Club? A: Potentially. The material we provide you (once completed) is sufficient for you to earn up to 2 CTS credits and a further project credit may be available by the end of the summer by running your business. However, agreement from your school is required and each school may have additional expectations. If your application is successful, further information about the credit process will be provided and then you can discuss with the appropriate teacher.

Q: When do applications close? A: Applications close at noon on June 6th 2022.

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