BC entrepreneurs Bill Roche and Charles Chang have a vision to make Canada more competitive by nurturing an entrepreneurial spirit in young people. Bill created PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs® in 1999. Based on the premise that authentic learning involves exploring and trying out new skills in a meaningful, real-world context, the program helps students develop an entrepreneurial toolkit by creating and running their own real business ventures.
When Bill and Charles met, they had an immediate connection over their common drive to create positive social change through early entrepreneurship education. They decided to use their joint skills and experiences to start this nationwide educational movement celebrating and fostering an entrepreneurial mindset in young people. Together, they founded a registered Canadian charity that operates under the name PowerPlay Young Entrepreneurs.