TORONTO — KFC Canada has launched its KFC Recipe for Success Mini MBA Program in partnership with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC). The program will award 65-plus entrepreneurs who identify as minority, immigrant or Indigenous an opportunity to accelerate their success and create new jobs locally.
The program, offered as a cohort of ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC), includes 40 hours of high-impact virtual learning, webinars and mentorship delivered by top-ranking university professors and local experts. Upon completion, KFC will be giving $150,000 in capital grants to select participants to help grow and strengthen their business. Additionally, the program, which is available in both English and French, is divided into four components: opening seminar, digital-learning series, individual mentorship and annual conference and networking. The Recipe for Success Program is now accepting applications from businesses in under-represented communities for the ICCC Canada cohort that begins in October.
“KFC is known for its famous fried chicken, but our history and investment in our people goes beyond our iconic food,” says Janet Joubran, Chief People Officer, KFC Canada. “KFC started as a small business with Colonel Sanders as our founder and, to this day, our business is built on entrepreneurs through our franchise model. We are thrilled to partner with ICIC to offer The KFC Recipe For Success Mini MBA Program to help grow the economic prosperity of small local businesses around us.”
“ICIC is delighted to partner with KFC Canada by offering a unique combination of executive education, one-on-one coaching and access to critical capital,” says Steve Grossman, CEO of ICCC. “The KFC Recipe for Success Mini MBA Program is designed to support business owners from under-resourced communities who aspire to grow more quickly, create good-paying jobs and help build sustainable small business ecosystems that will strengthen the Canadian economy.”