Nee-Swas Youth Loan Fund
Supporting the Next Generation of Business Leaders
At NADF, we believe in the power of young minds and their ability to shape the future through innovation, creativity, and the entrepreneurial spirit. The Nee-Swas* Youth Loan Fund is designed to empower and support aspiring young First Nation entrepreneurs in turning their visionary ideas into successful businesses. We are committed to fostering the entrepreneurial ambitions of First Nations youth and we understand the challenges that young entrepreneurs face in accessing capital, which is why we are here to bridge that gap and offer support every step of the way.
If you are a young First Nations entrepreneur ready to take the next step, we invite you to apply to the Nee-Swas Youth Loan Fund. Let’s embark on this exciting journey together!
*Nee-Swas translates to "7" in Cree.*
To apply for the Nee-Swas Youth Loan Fund, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
- Be First Nations status
- Be between 18 and 39 years of age
- Have a compelling business idea or an existing business with growth potential
- Have a clear business plan outlining objectives, strategies, and financial projections
- Business must be based in our service area
What We Offer
We offer low-interest loans tailored specifically for young First Nation entrepreneurs. These funds can be utilized for starting a new full-time business or a side-hustle, expanding an existing business, or innovating within your field.
- Access up to $75,000 to start, expand, or innovate your business
- Up to three (3) months interest-only payments
- Flexible terms up to 84 months
- 10% equity requirement
Full-time businesses may qualify for a non-repayable contribution through the Aboriginal Business Financing Program.
Business Planning Guidance and Support
Beyond financial assistance, we provide expert guidance and support to assist young First Nation entrepreneurs to develop a business plan outlining objectives, strategies, and financial projections.
Our Bookkeeping Support Team is available to provide expert guidance and support young First Nation entrepreneurs to develop and maintain a financial recording keeping system. Good bookkeeping offers practical business benefits essential to a successful business, including:
- budgeting and cash flow
- analysing business strengths and weaknesses
- planning for the future
Connecting with like-minded individuals is crucial for any entrepreneur. Through our network, we facilitate opportunities for learning, collaboration, and partnerships, enabling young First Nation entrepreneurs to expand their horizons and grow their businesses.
Questions? Contact Us