The Pizza Hut program provides training, education and mentorship to under-represented business owners
Pizza Hut Canada has partnered with Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC) to deliver a free executive education and virtual training program designed to help strengthen and develop small businesses owned by minorities, immigrants, Indigenous people and people with disabilities.
Through this strategic partnership, dubbed Pizza Hut’s Equal Slice Program, a cohort of ICIC’s Inner City Capital Connections (ICCC) program, a 40-hour tuition-free ‘mini-MBA’ program that combines executive education , webinars and coaching from leading university professors and local experts — available to small business owners across Canada. The Equal Slice program is now accepting applications from businesses in under-represented communities for the program which begins in late September.
“Pizza Hut exists on an entrepreneurial foundation, built on our franchise network, with each restaurant comprised of a diverse and diverse team of employees,” said Pizza Hut Canada’s General Manager Tatiana Carrascal. “At Pizza Hut, we believe that we can achieve a system of fair and equal slices of life, for everyone. That’s why we’ve partnered with ICIC to give entrepreneurs from all walks of life the chance to make their dreams come true.
This is the first time that the ICCC has been offered outside of the United States. This is also the first cohort to be presented in both English and French Canadian. Since 2005, the ICCC has supported 3,836 US-based companies that have raised $ 2.3 billion in capital, achieved 126% revenue growth and created 22,707 local jobs since participating in the program. In 2020, 17 ICCC cohorts were proposed in the United States, of which 74% of companies owned by BIPOC and 61% owned by women.
“The Inner City Capital Connections program aims to create sustainable small business ecosystems in which their owners thrive, helping to reduce concentrated poverty, close the racial wealth gap and revitalize communities,” said Steve Grossman, CEO of ICIC. “We are delighted to announce our new partnership with Pizza Hut Canada as part of the Equal Slice program which extends the reach of our executive training program beyond the United States and for the first time provides ICCC resources to owners. small businesses that are underrepresented across Canada. “
The application deadline for the ICCC 2021 Canada cohort is Friday September 3. -connections / canada.